Autism Plus: building a chocolate factory with a difference

Autism Plus aims to create a unique, vibrant welcoming environment where young people with disabilities can come and have the opportunity to learn how to live more independently. Philip Bartey, CEO, tells us all about their latest project.

We support adults and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions.

If Willy Wonka were a social entrepreneur, he would have been mighty excited about our latest project. With the help of a Charity Bank loan, we’re transforming a number of derelict farm buildings at Park House Farm, North Yorkshire, into a chocolate factory and horticulture enterprise, to be run by people with autism and other disabilities.

"We’re transforming derelict farm buildings at Park House Farm, North Yorkshire, into a chocolate factory and horticulture enterprise, to be run by people with autism and other disabilities."

Philip Bartey, CEO, Autism Plus

Our chocolate factory and horticulture enterprise will produce and sell quality chocolate and greens to local retailers. Employees will be trained by skilled chocolatiers and horticulturists to help them develop skills for independence and future employment. In addition the centre will provide training and educational opportunities such as; money management, driving, shopping, cleaning and daily chores.

Every part of what we do is about supporting people to take more control of their lives and we hope this project will help more people to live the lives they want.

To find out more about the work of Autism Plus, visit: http://www.autismplus.org/