Elim’s Direct Access Community (DAC) is an innovative project forged out of a partnership between Mendip District Council, Addicott Partners (Manor Farm) and Elim Connect Centre which launched in 2015 and is called the Dairy House. 

In addition to the services you would expect from a Direct Access service in terms of pro-actively working through a support plan, DAC operates as a community house. This has been spearheaded by Suzanne Addicott. 

The residents cook and eat together, and engage in a number of structured activities including art, pottery, animal care and hedge-laying. This approach is focussed on a wholistic preparation for the next steps after leaving the farm. As part of the activities and wholistic treatment for residents a community garden was developed enabling volunteers from the local community and residents to come together and farm produce together. 

In early 2018 The Connect Centre won some funding from Somerset Community Foundation to launch a Community Interest Company  which is a non-for-profit company where all profits go toward ending homelessness. Our partnering charity is Elim Connect Centre who oversee the management and running of the Dairy House providing the additional wrap around support needed to give residents the best possible chance of recovery and positively progressing.