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The Co-operative



The Co-operative is based at Theaklen Drive in St Leonards. It is easily accessible by public transport and is situated within easy walking distance of Silverhill. The Co-operative aims to encourage its members to maximise their independence in all areas of their lives. It provides a base for members to access new areas of occupation, personal development and leisure. 


All members are encouraged to take responsibility for planning their own programmes with staff support.


All aspects of daily living, community access and leisure pursuits are covered by activities on offer. Members are encouraged and supported to access work experience and work placements.


The Co-operative continues to form strong working relationships with members’ families, circles of support and other organisations and individuals. These relationships serve to enrich the life of the Co-operative and increase opportunities for its members.

Frequently Asked Questions

The day starts at: 09:00

Lunch time is: 12.00-12.30

The day ends at: 16:00

On an average day there are how many members: 38

On an average day there are how many staff: 11

Overview of facilities: Theaklen Drive has wheelchair access to all areas, toilets, lift, disabled toilets/changing places, hoists, beds, sensory tent.

General activities on offer throughout the day: We provide a large range of community-based and on-site activities. These include...


Golf, Gym, Tennis, Swimming, Walks, Fishing, Basketball, Badminton, Boccia, Barby Keel, Wheels 4 All, Travel Training, Health Walk, Knitting, Geocaching, Football, Photography, Gardening, Work Placements, Special Events such as theatre visits, museums, exhibitions, local events. 
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Literacy, Numeracy, Art, Food Hygiene, Dance, Archery, Woodwork, Photography, Vehicle Wash/Checks, Kitchen Time, Life Skills

Transport details: 

We have a variety of transport options available, assessed individually by need. We regularly operate transport services in the following areas:  Hastings, Battle, Ninfield, Bexhill, Cooden.  We are happy to discuss your individual requirements. Transport is provided to gain access to activities throughout the day. Many members travel independently via public transport or other means, we actively encourage this through travel training.

What you will need to bring with you: We ask you to bring weather appropriate clothing and a packed lunch if required.


'The staff are professional, warm and caring and Edward feels at home there. I am continually surprised by their openness to new ideas and willingness to go the extra mile to do something that would make our lives easier'

— June (Parent)


'Now I am hitting the ball much better and I feel really cheerful when the ball flies away in a straight line. I am hoping to play on a course  soon'

— Joe (Service User)

Meet The Team

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Gary Burgess

Service Manager

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Steve Barnes

Deputy Manager

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