Our Thrive programme aims to help young adults with learning difficulties, special educational needs or low-level mental health worries, prepare for independence through life-skills, learning and challenges.

SWRAC Thrive

Working Towards Independence

Our ‘Thrive’ programme is aimed to nurture independence. This unique programme for young adults between 16 – 30 years old provides informal education and constructive activities to help individuals thrive in life, prepare for adulthood and head towards independent living.

The Thrive programme is also available to those who don’t currently have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

SWRAC Thrive

Building Confidence

The informal education units will cover skills needed to manage in today’s society. Skills, ranging from basic meal preparation, Universal Credit accounts, accessing medical services through to nutrition and utility management, to help prepare learners to cope with the challenges of everyday life.

Our activity programme is designed to help develop social skills and confidence through the use of social group interactions, development of appropriate relationships and understanding of social norms. Activities such as travel training and interview skills help with accessing future employment opportunities.

The Thrive programme focuses on:

Personal Development
Mental Health
Social Skills
Building Confidence
Personal Finance
Food & Drink Preparation
Health & Safety

Campus Locations

SWRAC Merley House


Our Winton provision is a three-story building which is full of life and character, it has two levels for learning activities and quiet spaces, as well as a lovely self-contained flat on the top floor. It is based just off the heart of Winton town centre giving room for accessible travel, plentiful choice of shops and opportunity for community involvement. It holds a great space for outdoor activity with its secure courtyard and open access garden area.

91 Wimborne Road


Merley House is a beautiful Georgian manor house, located on the outskirts of Wimborne, Dorset. It offers a friendly and calm atmosphere with lovely grounds to enable both indoor and outdoor activities. Merley House is also the location for our Head Office and Alternative Education provision.

Merley House
Merley House Lane
BH21 3AA

SWRAC Merley House

Want to know more about SWRAC Thrive?

For more information or if you have any questions, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!