Uplands Educational Trust

Helping young people with special educational needs to help themselves

About UET

Uplands Educational Trust is committed to meeting the needs of disabled young people and their families. The Uplands Educational Trust (UET) will meet the needs of complex learners aged between 11 and 25 years living in Swindon and the surrounding areas, and will provide unique, exceptional and innovative Learning, Working and Living provisions.

 Uplands Charity Shops

The Uplands Educational Trust successfully run a chain of Charity shops across Swindon. Our charity shops have been extremely successful and have provided the young people with opportunities and work experience in areas of retail, customer service and catering. In addition to providing real community inclusion and breaking down barriers towards disabled young people the experience gained prepares the young people for supported work placements. The young people are also developing effective work related learning pathways and accreditation and their contributions are greatly valued and recognised.

UET Farm

The UET Farm provision is based in Leigh a few miles outside of Swindon. It offers young people the chance to engage and interact with livestock and learn life skills in health and safety, environmental care, life processes and horticulture.

The farm provision offers a variety of activities for young people with special educational needs including complex learning difficulties. Young people have the opportunity to interact with their peers and the staff while taking part in practical hands on experiences.


The Community Enterprise Centre in Atworth Close, Penhill supports both the local Penhill Community and young people in Swindon with learning difficulties and/or complex needs. The aim of the CEC is to provide life changing opportunities for young people by developing independent living and working skills, with a key focus on social enterprise and vocational learning leading to employment.