Registered Manager: Richard Hill
West End Cottages 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 area (within the large kitchen).
- A fully fitted kitchen.
- Chill out room with TV & Games console.
- Three shared bathrooms/WC for the use of the young people & staff.
- Four Young People bedrooms.
- Two staff bedrooms.
- An outbuilding for recreational use, currently used as a gym.
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 and has a small general store, small church, amongst small houses. The village has a frequent bus service.
The closest town is within 3.5 miles and offers facilities such as supermarkets, a train and bus station with regular transport links to many seaside destinations, local Youth Clubs and Army cadets, a leisure centre and a fishing lake. High street shops, a shopping centre, retail park and a full range of fast food establishments, restaurants and cafes are also within close proximity.
A range of easy accessible outdoor activities include:
- Walking on public footpaths that are clearly marked tracks or feature walks
- Swimming and sports at the leisure centre
- Parks and recreational grounds are available for ball games such as football and rugby
- Nature reserves
Children are thoughtfully welcomed into this home. Leaders and managers ensure that children have the opportunity to visit before they move in. They prepare children’s rooms for their arrival, including providing a gift box with personalised essentials.
Children’s interests and hobbies are encouraged and supported by staff. Children routinely attend clubs in the local community, which extends their social circle. Children have had their requests met for various garden items, such as football goalposts and a large paddling pool.
The manager and staff have positive working relationships with family members and others who are important to the child. Parents have good communication with the home and feel involved and informed about their child’s life.
The manager is a strong advocate for children’s education and has worked well alongside other professionals to challenge children’s education timetables and support their learning in the home.
The manager is keen to embed a safeguarding culture within the home and has developed creative ways to keep relevant safeguarding matters at the forefront of the team’s practice.