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Robert Owen Communities (ROC)

Robert Owen Communities (ROC) offers opportunities and services to people with learning disabilities across Devon and Cornwall including:

  • residential care
  • specialist and independent supported living
  • health and creative activities
  • social activities
  • work and learning opportunities

Please see details of full range of projects below


Who to contact

01803 520689
Mobile: 07794071697

Where to go

Robert Owen Communities
The Boatshed

Other Details



Local Offer


All of these services are run by ROC which is part of United Response



Lower Sharpham Barton Farm is set in a stunning location in the hills above Totnes. The farm offers opportunities to learn and develop farming and agricultural skills, as well as wood and metal work classes. 

Team leader:     Andrew Anstey
Lower Sharpham and Barton Farm, Totnes, Ashprington, Devon, TQ9 7DX. (01803 732 502)


ROC Creative operates in Paignton and Honiton. We aim to help people develop confidence, self-worth and new skills through drama, dance, music, pottery, visual art and textiles, photography, samba band, social skilling, new friendships, performance opportunities, and developing inclusiveness through exhibitions.

​​ROC Creative, Paignton:  Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, TQ3 3HF  
Team leader:  Gemma Dart       Tel: 01803 526 846


Aspects is in the heart of the community with a dual shop front window onto the high street. We offer a range of services including a training kitchen to aid independence, arts and crafts to produce products for the shop, and a computer suite to develop IT skills and facilitate person centred planning. 

We aim to improve communication skills for each individual and offer outreach work in the form of community projects including gardening and walking groups, a can crushing project and a sensory garden. We have shifted away from a traditional day service environment to one where personal choice and and service flexibility are paramount. 

ROC Aspects, Torbay:  35 Hyde Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5BP. 
Team leader:  Janie Lewis          Tel: 01803 552 955


We aim to help people establish a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle to build the confidence of each individual. Our overall focus is on fitness, nutrition, sport and improving general health through exercise and enjoyment of inclusivity. We also offer opportunities for accredited learning.

ROC Active, Torbay:  Clennon Valley Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton, TQ4 5JR.
Team leader:  Bobby Singh            Tel: 01803 550 018


ROC’s Life Skills College supports people to access facilities in their chosen community, through Devon and Cornwall, and develop life skills. The college is available for those 16 years and older who have just left school. We help every student to learn and develop their confidence with house hold tasks and accessing their local community.

ROC has achieved Independent Specialist Provider status, which means that we can apply to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for your learning and development.

Contact: Rebecca Quantrill

The Boatshed, Steamer Quay, Totnes


5AL, (01803 868550)


Supported Living Area Managers: Janet Stackhouse (Devon) and Tina Gray (East & Exeter)

We actively promote equality and diversity, both in our staff and in the care and support we give others.

Residential Care
We run three residential care homes across Devon, providing support for people with a learning and/or physical disability. We support people to be as independent as they wish to or can be. We provide opportunities to join in with activities, to go on holidays, and to participate in accredited learning through ROC's Life Skills College.

Supported Living
We work on the principle that people with learning disabilities have the same fundamental rights as anyone else in society, which includes the right decide

where to live, how they are supported, and develop and make informed choices about their lives. We support people to live independently in their own homes, either on their own or with house mates. This is usually through privately rented accommodation. We work with each person to determine how much support they will want or need, and work with them to understand where and how they want to live.


We support people to prepare for work, engage in work and sustain work. The Work-to-Work Awards scheme is designed to set steps, milestones and goals for the future, in four stages: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.





Local Offer Age Bands
Transition to Adulthood (19-25 years)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type