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Tucked away in the rolling Hampshire countryside, the Boaz Project is a friendly, farm-based charity for adults with learning disabilities. Members who use our day service travel from Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke and the surrounding villages.

We have a 4.5-acre smallholding run on organic principles, producing high quality fruit, vegetables and flowers. Members work alongside volunteers and staff growing plants and taking care of the animals, including sheep, donkeys, guinea pigs and a flock of 120 free range egg-laying hens.

Being productive, making friends and learning something new helps people to feel happier and more positive. We offer a sense of purpose and belonging. There are other advantages too, like keeping active.

Boaz can be found at Hill Farm in Sutton Scotney along the A272, three miles north of Three Maids Hill roundabout in Winchester and just eight miles south of Andover.

The Boaz Project was founded in 2007 by the inspiring foster parents of a young man with Downs Syndrome and a kind local farmer who helped to turn their vision into a reality.

“When I first came to Boaz, I was very shy and nervous, but my confidence grew and I made friends.”

Katie, member

Fact box:

Did you know only per six per cent of people with a learning disability are in paid employment? Most are stuck at home.

Source: Public Health England

“Everybody who comes here knows they are among friends. It’s a place where members can relax and know whatever they do, they will be appreciated and valued. Boaz builds their self-esteem.”

Derek, volunteer