An inspiring charity

Welcome to Hannahs a place of true integration, fun and learning!

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

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.

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    Our history

    Hannahs was founded in 1767 through the generous £10,000 legacy of Dame Hannah Rogers – the wife of a Plymouth MP – who had a passion for working with children. Although our proud history has been varied, the aim has been simple: to help enrich and empower the lives of children and adults in need.

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    Our sites

    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.

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    The need

    In just five years the number of children with disabilities has risen by 20% to 900,000. The number of children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), aged 10-14yrs, has also increased; at three times that rate! Of the UK’s population 20% of children and adults live with a disability, 7% of which are diagnosed with PMLD. The facts are staggering but it’s the awareness of them that is profound. Cultural acceptance has long been the failing transmitter but it’s time the airwaves were open and social change inspired; the needs and voice of our nation living with disabilities must be heard!

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    Work for us

    Join our dedicated and highly trained team of staff who help our children, young people, adults and guests, at both sites, grow and learn with confidence and freedom.

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  • Contact us

    If you would like to get in touch, support, volunteer or make a booking, we would love to hear from you.

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Dame Hannah Rogers Charity

It's our 250th anniversary

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