Centre Activities

Our Activities 

Our Activities at Heathrow Special Needs Centre are dedicated to providing a diverse and enriching array of programs tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of our community members with special needs. From creative sensory workshops to physical activities and educational classes, our center offers a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment where everyone can thrive and discover new talents. 

FEE’s & CHARGES:

  • Free: On site parking
  • Free: Admission to the centre
  • Free: To visit the animals
  • Free: To take part in animal care and farm activities
  • Free: To take part in gardening and horticulture activities
  • Free: Work experience placements

Chair of The HSNC Trustees Dorian Mead visited Ian Minshull, one of the founders of the Centre. Ian was instrumental in introducing animals to HSNC back in the 1980’s. Ian has now retired to the edge of  artmoor and still has his pet sheep. Dorian took along a couple of the wonderful melons grown at the Centre this summer.

hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday's 10am till 12.30pm
Wednesday's 10am till 1.30pm

address

Heathrow Special Needs Centre
Bath Road, Longford
Middlesex, UB7 0EF

Email

info@heathrowspecialneedscentre.org

Phone

01753 680330

Activities

Animal Care, Animal Management, Farmwork

We care for over 45 animals, including horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Our activities, tailored to individual abilities, include feeding, grooming, cleaning, mucking out, egg collection, duck pond maintenance, ‘poo picking’ in fields and arenas, and upkeep of three purpose-built muck heap areas.

Activities taking place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday’s
Pre booking required

Gardening and horticulture

Cultivate a variety of vegetables and plants in our expansive polytunnel and a large vegetable garden featuring raised beds. These activities, adjusted for different abilities, involve digging, planting, composting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and grass cutting, which are all integral parts of nurturing a garden. Participants can delight in the full cycle of growth, from seed to harvest.

Activities taking place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday’s
Pre booking required

Work Experience Opportunities

We provide full-time and part-time work placements for people with disabilities or special needs. Our program is tailored to help participants acquire essential workplace skills and gain hands-on work experience in a supportive setting, paving the way for future employment opportunities.

Takes place:
Daily – Monday to Friday
8am – 3:30pm

Walkabout Wednesday

We welcome individuals with disabilities and special needs to visit, explore our activities, and schedule future sessions. It’s perfect for those preferring flexible engagement over regular commitments. Plus, join us at our tea room every Wednesday—a hub for community connection. Learn More . . .

Takes place every
Wednesday
10am to 1.30pm

The Bistro-Style Tea Room – A Place to Connect

Visit our not-for-profit Tea Room at the Heathrow Special Needs Centre, a vibrant community hub managed by disadvantaged young people. This professional-style café operates as more than just a spot to enjoy a cuppa; it’s a training facility where individuals gain hands-on experience in cash handling and café management. Open on Wednesdays from 10 AM to 2 PM, with plans to expand to Saturdays, our Tea Room provides a warm, non-judgmental environment for disadvantaged individuals to meet and socialize. Although not open to the general public, it’s a favored locale for community gatherings, offering everyone a chance to socialize in our judgment-free zone.

Currently only operating on Wednesday’s 10am till 2pm
Plans in hand to open on further days in 2024

hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday's
   - 10am till 12.30pm
Wednesday's 10am till 1.30pm

Address

Heathrow Special Needs Centre, Bath Road, Longford, Middlesex, UB7 0EF

Email

info@heathrowspecialneedscentre.org

Phone

01753 680330

ACTIVITIES

  • Horse Riding
  • Animal Care & Management
  • Horticulture - Gardening
  • Work Experience
  • Not for Profit Tea Room
  • Community Hub
  • Organic Vegetables
  • Sensory Garden
  • Nature Area

FEE's & CHARGES:

  • Free: On site parking
  • Free: Admission to the centre
  • Free: To visit the animals
  • Free: To take part in animal care and farm activities
  • Free: To take part in gardening and horticulture activities
  • Free: Work experience placements

Charity Commision UK Registration Number #1155421 Heathrow Special Needs Centre