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The Lantern Community, Living, working and sharing together

Working Life


The working life of The Lantern Community is active and productive, and is a social enterprise in itself. We have developed our facilities over many years, giving opportunities in crafts and services.

“Seahorses” Companions are fully part of the “Seahorses” family and all contribute, as far as they are able, to the successful running of the house, including the bed and breakfast facility, and gardens. This engenders amongst all a common aim and a pride in the work, and, therefore, feeling really needed.

Our facilities are wide and varied and include:

  • Pottery,
  • Weavery,
  • Wood Craft,
  • Bakery,
  • Horticultural Nursery,
  • Land Craft,
  • Shop,
  • Café
  • Art Studio
  • Seasonal Crafts

The preparation of a meal in the kitchen of each household is also an important working opportunity.

Our Workshops are managed by individuals who are highly qualified and are Masters in their respective fields, each having experience in supporting and passing on their skills to others. Additional supporting Co-Workers also work alongside, as part of the team.

To offer a meaningful, balanced working life for everyone, is our endeavour. Each person’s contribution is important. Through ones work, individuals gain dignity and a sense of self-worth. Responsibility and potential are developed, whilst work also provides an avenue for both vocational training and learning new skills.

An individualised workshop programme is arranged, suited to each individual’s needs, interest and choice.

Products from our Workshops are available to purchase from the Lantern Shop. As a not- for-profit Charity, any surplus that we achieve is invested within the Lantern Community.

We also offer work experience and skills training to individuals who are not resident in The Lantern Community. This is known as “Day Placement Admission”.