Park House Barns provides training and placements for young adults in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside.

The enterprise has been designed to offer a variety of roles for different levels of ability, from crafting, decorating and packaging chocolate, working outdoors in our horticulture centre to administration and customer service. 

For anyone that is unsure of what they want to do, this offers a valuable taster into different areas of work, with the chance to work to qualifications and learn new skills.

Our key objective is to secure employment for trainees either within the enterprise or within the local business community. Each person has a personalised pathway that includes working towards their chosen qualifications.

As well as this, we have recently opened the Autism Plus Chocolate Shop and Cafe. Unveiling a world of flavours, the artisan chocolate shop and cafe will offer an array of sumptuous chocolate gifts and treats, each a testament to the remarkable skills of young adults with autism and learning disabilities. Every purchase at the shop will not only satisfy your cravings but also support a worthy cause, as all proceeds will be reinvested into the charity. 

Chocolate Shop and Cafe

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 We support people to develop their careers, learn skills, qualifications and independent living skills in a calm and supportive environment.

Placements include:

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Customer Service

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Food safety and hygiene

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Practical chocolate making skills

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Packing and shipping

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Propogation, planting and harvesting

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The safe use of tools

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Preparing produce for sales

Meet Oliver!

Oliver graduated with a degree in creative writing and performance acting from York College. After difficulty finding paid work, his mum suggested he volunteered at Park House Barns. Within the same year Oliver was offered a role as Assistant Horticulturalist. Since 2016 Oliver has been developing his skills and increasing in confidence, and is now enjoying his promotion as Lead Horticulturalist.

'I enjoy watching the crops in the field grow, and the sense of achievement when all the products sown start to grow.'

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"I just wanted to say we had 2 of your chocolates after our lunch last weekend at the North Yorks Moors Railway. They were lovely and I will be looking on your website to order some for Christmas!"

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