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Forensic Day Opportunities

The Forensic Learning Disability Day Opportunity service commenced in 2007 providing day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities living within the Southern Trust Area.  The service offers 400 places per week in a range of meaningful activities within the community.   The Arc is the main hub for the service based in Bessbrook, Co. Armagh with various satellite activities throughout the Southern Trust area.

The service engages service users to participate in recreational, therapeutic, training and educational activities assisting service users to develop routine and structure within their everyday lives. The service aims to promote social inclusion, empowerment and equal citizenship for adults with learning disabilities within their community tackling isolation and loneliness whilst aiming to improve service users overall health and well-being whilst learning new skills and meeting new people.


A service user group Friends of The Arc has been established to promote co-production and partnership working.  The groups aim is to ensure everyone’s voice is heard and that service users have a say in developing the service.


  • Description of services/opportunities provided

    Activities change throughout the year (seasonal).  Current activities on offer as of April 2022 includes:

    • Animal husbandry
    • horticulture
    • conservation projects
    • music
    • arts and crafts
    • sports activities indoor and outdoor
    • life skills
    • woodwork
    • allotments
  • Routes to access the service

    Social Work Referral

  • Referral criteria
    • Adults 18yrs+
    • Living with the Southern Health and Social Care catchment area.
    • Known to the Forensic Learning Disability Team.
    • Able to attend to own care needs and mobilise independently
  • Covid 19 specific information

    IPC guidelines in place including social distancing measures and wellness calls completed to service users each morning

  • Contact Details

    The Arc

    13 Clogharevan Road, Bessbrook, BT35 7BH


    Facility opening day/times: Mon – Fri 0am – 4.30pm