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At Old Barn Cottages we deliver day-time programmes for people on the autism spectrum. Taking part in a wide range of classes and activities outside the home enables people to practise their social skills in a meaningful way and to develop their interests.

We are committed to:

  • supporting autistic people to manage the difficulties they experience
  • encouraging people to develop interests or emerging skills
  • understanding people through their individual way of communicating
  • helping to create positive awareness about autism in the community
  • creating positive links with people's families and carers.

Environment and facilities

Old Barn Cottages is in the small market town of Kennyhill in Suffolk. It is close to the border with Cambridgeshire, between Mildenhall, Ely, Bury St Edmunds and Thetford. Cambridge itself is just 45 minutes away and the Norfolk coast can be reached within one and a half hours. We have access to all local amenities, including a cinema, swimming pool, colleges and excellent shopping centres. Nearby Thetford Forest provides a great area for walking and cycling.

Leisure and learning activities

Each person's programme at Old Barns Cottages is individually tailored to their needs: we work with them to promote their independence and communication skills and in this way they improve and enrich their day-to-day lives and participate in their community.

We deliver a structured programme with a wide variety of activities – all designed to meet each person's specific wants and needs. Sessions are provided on an individual or group basis and we continue to develop and expand the range of activities we provide.

Our individual development plans help clients to progress towards goals, with the opportunity to gain certificates to mark their achievements. We have links with further education colleges in the area and can offer a venue for people to attend ASDAN courses.

Activities and support we offer:

  • independent living skills
  • community-based activities
  • citizenship
  • creative therapies, including music and creative arts
  • leisure and sports
  • information communication technology (ICT)
  • social skills
  • learning to work as a team
  • horticulture activities
  • vocational and educational support in partnership
  • employment skills with local colleges
  • personal care and behavioural management.


It's incredible that our son has settled in remarkably well and quickly in such a short space of time. That is down to the staff team, who have been extremely accommodating.


Our team

Our highly trained staff work closely together in a supportive and caring manner. They all follow a rigorous autism-specific training programme, supplemented with additional needs-led training. We offer support at the centre ourselves or visitors can come with their own support staff.

How to access our support

There are several ways you can pay for support through our daytime hubs. For more information, visit our benefits and care page.