Activities at Fenners

We provide day care on and off site. Every resident has the opportunity to choose the programme of activities which develops their abilities and interest, helps them gain skills, and develops their confidence and self determination.

New residents need to feel secure, so at their own pace they ‘taste’ the activities on offer and build up their own programme, making choices and reviewing them regularly.

Working with small groups we develop and maintain life skills, literacy and computer use, cookery, art and craft with visiting tutors offering music and drumming and movement classes.

Communication and social skills are nurtured by small group work and individual programmes, using computers where appropriate. Massage is available to residents for relaxation and mobility by a visiting therapist.

A list of activities Fenners residents' activities

‘Extend’ exercise classes

Swimming (seasonal)

Horse riding (seasonal with local Riding for the Disabled Association group)

Gardening (raised accessible beds for vegetable growing & flowers on site)

Cookery: light lunches and baking; barbecues

Singalong with guitarist, weekly

Drumming Afro-Caribbean style, weekly

Handicrafts: card making, decorations, collages, fancy dress, visiting artists projects

Using an iPad for photography, internet access for special shopping, emailing friends and families

Small group/individual shopping trips to Diss, Norwich or Bury St Edmunds (weekly)

Local outings for pub lunches, cinema or theatre, zoo, farm animals, horse racing (Great Yarmouth)

Social events in-house: Friends of Fenners garden party, Carols & Mincepies, Xmas handbells, birthday parties.

A visiting massage therapist is available.

Offsite Activities 

Those who want to work go to a sheltered workshop.

2 of our residents currently attend ‘Beyond the Wall’ at Thornham Walled Garden (horticulture & various other learning opportunities), 1 resident attends Street Forge at Thornham for wood craft where he has the chance to work in a group as well as carrying out his own projects such as making bird boxes.

Physical activities include a choice of horse riding, swimming, walking, ten-pin bowling, table tennis, pool and fishing.



Holidays & Outings

Holidays have been based at specially adapted cottages at Horning by the Norfolk Broads and at Bircham on the North Norfolk coast.

Residents usually choose their summer holiday at a seaside leisure resort in Hunstanton or individual short breaks with staff eg. Norfolk seaside, London, Liverpool, Centreparcs at Elveden.

Outings for small groups on daytrips have included Wetlands at Earsham, London by train, Gt Yarmouth races, Norfolk Show and Harry Potter World. Cinema trips are to Bury St Edmunds, and theatre trips for musicals and pantomimes are to Theatre Royal, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Diss Corn Hall and local village halls.

Fenners Care Home

A Family Home For People With Learning Disabilities


Fenners Farmhouse,
Fersfield, Diss,
IP22 2AW

Tel: 01379 687 269

Fenners Care Home