Aldingbourne Trust

THEME: Business & Enterprise

AREA: Chichester

Dedicated to helping local businesses, communities and people with learning disabilities.

Delivery Body: Aldingbourne Trust

Theme: Business & Enterprise

Coast to Capital LGF Allocation: £1.96m

Match Funding Contribution: £2.93m

Project Status: Complete 


Summary of Project

The Aldingbourne Trust is a charitable organisation located near Chichester that assists adults with learning difficulties and /or disabilities into work and learning opportunities. The trust also offers public activities including a farm and woodland area, child play facilities and a cafe and shop space.


Coast to Capital contributed Local Growth Funding which acted as a catalyst for the additional funding required for this project. Unused land on the site was used to create a brand new, state of the art Quarry Building which was formally opened in August of 2018. The building itself includes a cafe and shop area, conference rooms and staff offices. The cafeoffers opportunities for the Trusts users to work and learn under the supervision of their support workers in a professional kitchen which provides a wide range of meals and snacks that are made on site for visitors, staff and events. The shop area supports the Trust's users and local businesses by selling locally produced and unique stock to visitors including toys, local produce and gifts. State of the art conference room facilities are available for businesses to rent for meetings or events and this new provision is expected to attract people into the region.


Lastly the building has allowed for the Trust's staff to be relocated from other areas of the site which has now made this space available for other uses. The Trust has now repurposed this space for additional facilities for both users and public visitors such as a soft play area and family event space and additional social and learning space for users.


Key Outputs

  • 72 Jobs
  • 1,896sqm Commercial floor space
  • 10 Apprentices


Photo credit: Amiri Construction


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