The Trust

About us


Hannahs has been enriching the lives of children and young people for more than 200 years. One of the UK’s oldest charities, Hannahs is dedicated to empowering children, young people and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, providing them with life-changing opportunities and advocating their needs. We are committed to challenging societal beliefs and cultural acceptances surrounding disabled people with the aim of making disability incidental.

Our mission is simple: to empower, advocate and enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Working across two sites in Devon – at Ivybridge, about 11 miles from Plymouth and at Seale-Hayne on the outskirts of Newton Abbot – Hannahs provides learning, care, support and real choice to children and adults with a range of disabilities. A dedicated and highly trained team of staff help our students and visitors, at both sites, grow and learn with confidence and freedom. At Hannahs we provide the best education, care and opportunities on offer, in a homely and caring environment.

Hannahs Chief Executive, Bronwen Hewitt says:

A lot of people say Hannahs grabs you and wraps its arms around you. Seale-Hayne and Ivybridge are really very special places with an inspiring ethos.

Our vision is to live in a society where people with disabilities experience the same opportunities to work, train, learn and live. We imagine a society that advocates recognition and encourages everyone to fulfil their true potential without judgement or limit: a society where disability is incidental.

Core Values


- To provide education, training, advocacy, work opportunities, care and other support services for children, young people and adults in need, their families, carers and associated professionals.
- To advance the education of the public in relation to the education, training and care of persons with disabilities and other needs.
- To promote research in these areas through publishing useful results and providing training to carers and associated professionals.


Watch our Video