Due to the present Coronavirus guidelines we are unable to be open for our students. However, we are providing an extensive online provision, featuring many of our popular sessions, which all our of students are welcome to access. We are also offering this service to anyone in the learning disabilities community who may benefit, free of charge. To find out more or request access to the online service please email [email protected]


The Garden Centre Now Open Saturdays 10am -4pm

Our Garden centre is now open to the public, with social distancing rules applied. The current garden centre opening hours are


Weekdays  11am – 3pm

Saturday  10am – 4pm 


The Café/Farmshop

To maximise our earning potential we have converted the Café space into a Farm Shop based outlet. As well as featuring our own popular products, gifts, cards and wines, we are featuring locally produced food and drink.

These include award winning sausages, meat and meat products from a local butcher, kentish cheeses, locally baked fresh bread, fresh local fruit and vegetables and much more.


We are pleased to announce that we are now able to serve food and drink from the Café to outside tables week days from 9am – 4pm. Initially, we are offering a restricted menu whilst we ease back into our service.


Please come and visit us to discover our full range of products and produce. Our opening times are:


Monday – Saturday 9am -4pm            Sunday – Closed

We are sorry but we will be closed Bank Holiday Monday 31st August.


Becoming a Trustee

We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board. 

Our Trustees play a pivotal role in setting the strategic direction of our organisation and in supporting and monitoring the management of the Trust, ensuring we deliver the best for our students every day.  We are looking for Trustees who are passionate about our vision to provide a safe and fulfilling way of life for our students, helping each individual to achieve their full potential. 

If you are interested in joining us and would like further informatin please click here.




The Fifth Trust is a Kent-based charity that supports adults with learning difficulties. We provide day care facilities on two sites in the Elham Valley near Canterbury. Our aim is to provide a safe and fulfilling way of life, helping each individual to achieve their full potential. Click on the links below to find out more about our work or click here to view or download our brochure:



September 2020 Newsletter.

Please click on the link to open and download an interactive .pdf version of our September Newsletter

FT newsletter September 2020



Coronavirus Statement


As Coronavirus continues to impact our lives, we want to reassure you that as ever, our priority is the health and safety of our students and our staff.  We are proactively managing this ever-changing situation, and we are following best practice and guidance from Kent County Council and from Public Health England.  We have taken these additional measures:

  • Excellent hygiene is always a priority, and we have reinforced government guidelines by increasing training for staff and students.
  • We have cancelled all non-essential meetings and on-site visits
  • All food in the Café is covered
  • Where practical we are operating social distancing


Our Skills Centre, The Café and the Garden Centre are still open, but we ask you to please stay at home if you are unwell.  For more information regarding Coronavirus see www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We know that at The Fifth Trust we provide an essential service for our students, their families and carers, and so long as is possible, we will stay open.  However, this is a challenging issue, and we are actively managing the situation with daily senior management meetings.

Please do your very best to stay safe, and to take care of friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.  We wish you all the very best during this difficult time, and we are grateful for your continued support.

With very best wishes

Nikki Marley, General Manager

Suzanne O’Brien, Chair



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Greenbanks Skill Centre Press Release.

We are pleased to announce a major fund raising success for our Greenbanks Skills Centre redevelopment. To find out more please click here.