OWL Centre, Sawston

Papworth Trust's OWL Centre near Sawston is a place where disabled young adults can enjoy leisure activities and learn new skills. We also offer training and work experience at OWL Bikes and the OWL Café in Sawston.

The OWL Centre and OWL Café work in partnership with Cambridge and Huntingdonshire Regional Colleges to provide accredited courses.

Opening hours
Costs and booking
Other services at OWL


  • Art
Try drawing and painting, be creative and make your own art.

  • Bike recycling
Learn how to repair and recycle bikes at our bike workshop.

  • Can crushing
Crush cans so that they can be recycled and used for something new.

  • Computer skills
Whether you're a complete beginner or you want to improve your skills, these sessions can help you use computers and the internet.

  • Cooking
Learn to plan, prepare and cook healthy and tasty meals.

  • DIY
DIY ("do it yourself") is doing jobs around the house, such as painting and decorating, putting up shelves and making flat pack furniture.

  • Gardening
Learn how to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers, look after a garden and harvest produce.

  • Gym
Come to the local sports centre with us. Everyone is welcome - we will support you to get fit with an exercise programme that suits you.
(This session costs an extra £1.75.)

  • Life skills
Learn skills to live independently, such as managing your money, doing jobs around the house and travelling by yourself.

  • Music and singing
Learn to play different musical instruments and sing, and enjoy creating music together as a group.

  • Newsletter group
Work with the group to write articles for the OWL Newsletter.

  • Office skills
Learn office skills such as answering the phone, filing and using a photocopier.

  • Out and about
Enjoy trips to the cinema, library, café, zoo and other places. With the other people in the group, you can choose and plan the trips you'd like to do.

  • Photography
Find out what makes a good photo and learn how to use a camera.

  • Recycling
Find out what you can recycle and practise sorting unwanted materials so that they can be reused.

  • Run for fun
Join our running group to get fit and make new friends.

  • Shopping
Join the group for shopping in Sawston and trips to the local supermarkets. We're also planning to go shopping in Cambridge soon!

  • Sport
Try different sports, including ball skills, boccia and hockey. (This session costs an extra £1.75.)

  • Supper club
This session is for OWL members to enjoy an evening meal together on the first Wednesday of every month.

  • Tuck shop
Learn how to run a tuck shop, selling drinks and snacks to customers.

Opening hours

The OWL Centre is open on weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 10am to 4pm.

Costs and booking

Sessions start from £17.50 for a half day session and £35 for a full day session.
If you haven't been to our centre before, you can do a free taster session to meet us and decide if you'd like to come back for more sessions.

If you would like to find out more or book, please email owl@papworth.org.uk or phone us on 01223 835329.

Other services at OWL

OWL Bikes
OWL Café
Meals 2 You

If you have an enquiry, please get in touch:

Phone us

01223 835329

Email us


Visit or write to us

OWL Centre
Unit 27, Eastern Counties Leather
Industrial Estate
London Road
Pampisford, Sawston
CB22 3EE

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