An Introduction

About us

ABLE stands for Activity Based Learning Environment

Situated in Colburn, near Catterick, and run by Broadacres, our day centre is open to all adults, including those with learning/ physical disabilities, acquired brain injury, mental health issues, dementia and autism. There is no upper age limit and people come to us from across North Yorkshire.

We are more than just a day centre. We also offer one-to-one community support, including respite care; we have two Pets As Therapy (PAT) dogs we take into settings such as residential care homes and extra care schemes; we provide dementia awareness training; we have an on-site arts and crafts gallery which is open to the public; we accept commissions for artwork and exhibit our work; and we support local educational establishments in offering work experience to students.

Our Team

At ABLE our passion is developing and delivering the best positive experiences, not only to those who use the service but also to the multi-disciplinary teams we work alongside

The ABLE team

All staff at ABLE are highly trained and have certificates in Health & Social Care, Learning Support, Mental Health and Dementia Awareness.

Additionally, some members of the team have further training in Dementia, Counselling Skills, Management of Health Care Organisations, Further Education Teachers Certificate and Certificate in Education.

We also shouldn’t forget our two dogs that bring so much joy to everyone at the Centre. We have our PAT dog Maisie and the newest member of the team, ‘Apprentice’ PAT dog Milo.

Our Students

The people who attend our day service refer to themselves as students and we think that’s very apt.

That’s because when they are with us they are learning new things, as well as having lots of fun too.

They play their part in creating a creative, stimulating and friendly environment which provides mental, physical and social wellbeing.


From the time they arrive in a morning, until they leave us at the end of the day, our students take part in a wide variety of fun and stimulating activities.

These activities are planned on individual needs to maximise potential and enjoyment.

Whether its arts and crafts, music, games, reminiscence or social outings, every day is different.


Contact us

Able Day Centre, 3 Bailey Court, Colburn Business Park, Colburn, North Yorkshire, DL9 4QL

01748 834879

Opening times: Mon - Thurs 8:45am to 4pm | Fri 8:45am to 3.30pm