Registered Manager: Tony Glanville
Lake Farm is a large six bedroomed detached property situated in a rural location in Somerset. The accommodation, which is fully centrally heated, consists of:
- A large lounge equipped with a TV, DVD player and Sky viewing.
- A dining room.
- A fully fitted kitchen.
- An education room with a PC for use by the young people. This room can also be used to facilitate family visits.
- Chill out room with TV & PS3.
- Staff office.
- Two shared bathrooms/WC for the use of the young people and staff, and two downstairs WC’s.
- Three young people bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
- Three staff bedrooms.
- A 4-berth garage.
- Horse stables.
Each young person has their own bedroom with privacy, subject to safeguarding for the young person’s safety and protection. All bedrooms are furnished with a single bed, bedding, study desk and lighting. Each room is provided with a television, storage space for clothing and safe storage for personal belongings. Any valuables belonging to the young person can be stored securely. Each room will have a lock and the young person will be responsible for the key to this and the upkeep of their room, with support from the home where required.
The home is located on the outskirts of a rural community that includes farmland, woodland and a small village which is within walking distance. It has a small general store, small church, amongst small houses. The village has a frequent bus service.
The closest town is within 5 miles and offers facilities such as supermarkets, a train and bus station which offer regular transport links to many seaside destinations. There is also access to local Youth Clubs and Army cadets, a leisure centre and a fishing lake. It also offers many of your high street shops such as Game, Wilkinson’s and Boots, a shopping centre and retail park and a full range of fast food establishments, restaurants and cafes.
The home is situated in a rural location which offers a range of easily accessible outdoor activities, such as walks, swimming and sports, parks and recreational grounds, and nature reserves.
Children have made progress in this home from their starting points. All children told the inspector that they enjoy living in the home.
Children have positive relationships with staff and with each other. Staff use these relationships well and effectively manage to de-escalate incidents that avoid further intervention.
Children are encouraged to develop their interests, and social opportunities are facilitated. Two of the children have recently started attending the local Scout and Brownies groups. Previously, staff found a LGBTQ+ group for a child who identified themselves as being part of this community.
The staff work well with children’s families, and are available for support where necessary.