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The Lantern Community, Living, working and sharing together

About the Community


The Lantern Community is situated at two sites; one in Ringwood and one on the Isle of Wight. The Ringwood site consists of eight houses on the estate, and one house in the town of Ringwood. We are situated fifteen minutes’ walk from the nearest town of Ringwood, which has a good variety of shops and recreational facilities. We are on a direct bus route both to Poole and Bournemouth. There are many places to visit in the locality both of natural and historic interest and we are close to the coast and the New Forest.

There are also a further two houses at “Seahorses” on the Isle of Wight, in Freshwater. “Seahorses” is an excellent base from which to explore the West Wight by car, bus, and bike or on foot. There is a bus stop right outside our front entrance from which you can go clockwise or anticlockwise around the Island. There are very many foot paths – a major one from Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay runs right through the garden.

In each house, home life is shared, with everyone contributing and taking their part. We all recognise that our home is central to our lives in giving security, a sense of belonging and companionship.

Households vary in size from 2 to 8 people in a variety of accommodation ranging from a two hundred year old cottage to modern houses.

The Lantern Community offers adults with a learning disability (Companions) the possibility to contribute and partake in a mutually supportive environment, where there are opportunities for meaningful work suited to each individual’s needs, interest and choice.