Fir Trees Resource Centre

Hedleys Fir Trees Resource Centre offers young people (19-25 yrs. old) a bridging provision which can be accessed after their full time education has finished and before moving onto long term day services. This programme offers young people aged 19-25 years a range of opportunities engaging with others of a similar age to formulate friendships and build on common interests.  The provision can meet the needs of young people with severe to complex learning difficulties/disabilities (CLDD) including ASD and complex medical needs, It can also offer a continuation of a young person’s supported vocational placement once their educational funding  has ceased.


The Centre is based within Hedleys College building. The Provision is a part of the wider Percy Hedley Foundation.  The centre is open 38 weeks of the year. It offers a range of day time activities and opportunities to purchase therapy as part of their package including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language which are delivered on site. The packages can be full or part time. The offer does not include transport this needs to be sourced by the Care Manager/Social Worker or a parent/carer.

There are currently four groups within the Centre who are staffed with a group leader and the appropriate number of support staff.


At Fir Trees Resource Centre we aim to give the young people who attend our activities a wide range of experiences that will offer them the following

  • Help to become as independent as possible within the service and the community.
  • Help and support to make choices about their life
  • Help to live a life that they would choose and gain the most from it
  • Ensuring they are treated with dignity and respect

The Hedleys Fir Trees Activity Centre can offer full or part time programmes and provides a range of activities to allow young people social, leisure and creative opportunities alongside their peers.

It offers a perfect transition package for young disabled adults using their personal budgets.

We run morning and afternoons sessions with opportunity to stay for lunch. Sessions are 2 hours long and run from 9am -12pm and 1-4pm.

The programme run over a period of 38 weeks or less.

All applicants are welcomed to use their personal budget, social services or health acre funding to purchase individual care support and/or therapy.


Case Studies


Danny graduated from Hedleys College in 2013 from our Vocational Pathway. While on this programme supported by the College Work Experience Coordinator and Vocational Tutor Danny started a placement at Sunderland based Tanfield Group. To be abl

e to continue to benefit from this supported work placement when his college placement ended, Danny is currently using his own personal budget to access supported work experience placement via the Adult Programme. Danny has now also got a permanent role at MEARS another local employer.




Rebecca graduated from Hedleys College Communication and Choices – Sensory Curriculum Programme in 2013. Rebecca and her family use her personal budget to support her complex needs. Her programme includes elements of care, therapy and essential social opportunities to further develop her independence and communication skills.