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Family inspired by their son to open multi-million pound supported living farm

Julie with her son James Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A couple, searching for decent care for their disabled son, have created a multi million pound supported living farm.

Stories of abuse of disabled people in care made Julie and Paul Connaughton determined to provide a positive future for James, who has cerebral palsy.

We spoke to Julie Connaughton and Neal Bullock from the community farm.

After years of hard work and fund raising for their charity, JPC Community Farm, the couple have created a centre in North Yorkshire.

JPC Community Farm at Busby, was bought with the help of an investor and will be a living and respite centre for 18 people.

JPC Community Farm in North Yorkshire Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The farmland will also house an teaching facility and restaurant, which will allow people with special educational needs to train and work.

The ethos of the farm is independent supported living. They hope to give people with additional needs opportunities such as offering training and guidance to help them secure work placements .

It's taken more than two years to get the project to this point. Julie now hopes to raise money to create extra facilities like a petting farm and hydro pool.