Set in a peaceful rural location on the edge of the village of Dallington, Carricks Brook is home to 12 residents with Autism and challenging behaviour, supported by a high ratio of specialist trained support staff.
Opened in August 2009 Carricks Brook has 12 en-suite bedrooms, with bright, open communal areas that allow staff to balance our residents changing needs. The rural setting of the home offers a retreat for those who benefit from a private & peaceful environment.
The service is staffed by a high ratio of support staff specifically trained to enable residents who present with challenging behaviour to reach their full potential using varied techniques. Tailored to the individual, these may include: Positive Behaviour Analysis, TEACCH, Picture Exchange Communication System, Social Stories & S.T.O.P & Relax techniques.
We employ our own in-house trainer in N.A.P.P.I. techniques (Non-Abusive, Psychological and Physical Intervention), which enables us to create & implement highly individual & effective Positive Behaviour Support plans.
Carricks Brook has 12 bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, no two rooms are the same and the decor in each is chosen by the Resident. The en-suite bathrooms are fitted with a mixture of baths and showers and we have a bathroom on the ground floor for those who choose to use it.
On the ground floor we have a comfy communal lounge with a large open plan dining area leading to an activities room with IT facilities. There is a large communal kitchen that all residents are able to use with support from staff. Residents also have access to the laundry room so they can manage their own clothing and linen with support from staff. There is also access to the ‘Orange Room’ where residents can prepare snacks and drinks and display their artwork and photos.
On the first floor, as well as bedrooms, there is a ‘Green Room’ which is fitted with sensory lighting and equipment. The ‘Green Room’ can also be used for massage sessions or just for anyone that wants a quiet space outside of their bedroom.
Some bedrooms have their own external front doors and at the top of the building is a self-contained flat with a bedroom, kitchen bathroom and lounge.
At the rear of the building there is a large lawn area, surrounded by fencing and hedges which contains a small above ground pool and trampoline. Further on we have our own meadow, this contains our poly tunnel, swings, mini football area and equipment. This area is also used for bonfires in the winter and is great for wildlife watching.
Outside of the property there are miles of country walks through Dallington forest and the local pub can be visited via one of these walks. The forest area that Carricks Brook is set within contains streams, hills, woods and small farms so there is lots to explore.
Residents at Carricks Brook are supported to engage fully in their local community. Activities are offered both within the home and in the community on a 1:1 basis.
Activities include, swimming, cycling, farm visits, walking, cinema & pub trips. Massage, music, IT, gardening and cookery sessions are all offered within the home on a weekly basis. Some residents where possible, have secured work on a voluntary basis, whilst others attend college courses.