Training for Independence 

Here at JPC Training for independence we provide bespoke courses for young people, living with a disability, over the age of 16. 

We have small group sizes (ratio 1 staff member to 3 young people) to offer courses bespoke to each client, whilst providing them with quality training to develop independent living skills. 

About us!

Paul Connaughton, Founder & Director

JPC Community Farm was registered as a charity on 19th April 2017 by an experienced team including Paul and Julie Connaughton whose son James has PURA syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.  We had identified considerable need to increase the provision of high-quality accommodation and support for people with disabilities as well as for their families and carers.  As a result, we secured £3 million worth of investment support from Bespoke Supported Tenancies and The Key Fund which enabled the purchase and conversion of a 23.5-acre Farmhouse which is now our base.  

Our farm lies in a rural location on the outskirts of Stokesley, and we aim to provide relief to people with complex needs by reason of health and disability by providing quality accommodation, care, development opportunities and employability training, along with the provision of respite facilities, advice and associated services.  We are supported by volunteers and have a small team of staff including a Training Director with over 29 years teaching experience, including designing and delivering activities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.


JPC Community Farm

Here at JPC Community Farm we have 12 stunning apartments on site. These apartments provide long-term, self-contained accommodation for disabled people with complex needs.  They will have a safe, supporting and inclusive environment in which to live as well as access to the many on-site opportunities and resources we offer. We also have 7 apartments for short-term respite for disabled people, their family members and carers.

The Orangery Cafe & Bistro is a farmhouse kitchen facility based next door is part of out JPC family. We serve food and drink, aswell as a general hub for those visiting or living at the farm. This is a crucial place for those clients wanting to learn work experience or employment opportunities.


We also have many outdoor facilities, including a Musical-Sensory Horticultural Garden. It increases opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, secure way. It helps to escape social isolation whilst promoting wellbeing and calm.

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Come and visit us to experience our amazing facilities for yourself. 

We would love to welcome you and show you around.