Learning Disability and Autism
Cherry is a residential home for people living with a learning disability and/ or Autism. The home works with commissioners, families and individuals to provide support designed around individual needs, wants and aspirations.
Residents at Cherry are supported using active support, person centred planning (PCP) and positive behavioural support (PBS).
- Males aged 18 yrs + who have a diagnosis of a learning disability and/or Autism and/ or associated conditions including complex challenging behaviours.
- Admission is primarily based upon an initial 12-week assessment period which includes a ‘compatibility’ assessment to make sure that residents can be supported to live well together.
Philosophy of care
Philosophically, we believe in understanding the needs of the individual through robust assessment in order to provide person centred support to enable individuals to lead fulfilling lives as part of their local community.
We do this through:
- Psychologically informed environments that encourage staff to reflect on practice and how to support the individual.
- Person centred plans to develop positive behaviour support, enabling individuals to maintain and develop skills leading to greater independence.
- Providing services that represent good value for money by demonstrating measurable, effective outcomes and progression.
- Ensuring our colleagues have opportunities for tailored training and development to meet individual needs.
- Ensuring that compliance and audit systems support service delivery and constantly drive improvement and embed quality in everything we do.
- We work with a wide range of stakeholders to meet the needs of the individuals needs.
The support delivered
Care and support provided at Cherry is tailored to each individual specific need. Staff support is provided in all aspects of daily life, only where needed. Residents are encouraged to develop daily living skills which may include partaking in household tasks and developing culinary skills to seek an enhanced quality of life and more independence.
By enabling staff to understand the function of risk behaviours this enables plans to be implemented to safely manage potential risks and to provide the least restrictive support in an inclusive and empowering way.
Residents also have access to ‘Highfield Hub’ which is the active support centre. Here residents can engage in social and recreational activities with other residents as well as more formal based teaching in qualifications to facilitate learning and education. These are based on active support models in conjunction with the National Open College Network (NOCN) to support resident’s to achieve formal qualifications which they can use in the community and develop through college or further education in the community.
- A two bedroom cottage
- Double sized bedrooms with built-in wardrobes
- En-suite shower rooms in both bedrooms
- Separate bathroom with a bath
- Extensive landscaped grounds
- Access to a range of local facilities including swimming, bingo, cycling , bowling cinema
- Options to utilise a day opportunities service
- Options to access an outdoor learning space, ‘The Woodlands’
The surrounding area
Cherry is located in the hamlet of Llangwyfan in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The nearby village of Llandyrnog provides access to local amenities which include: local church, butchers shop, general store which includes a post office and three public houses, two of which have restaurant facilities. The location offers the benefits of tranquillity as well as excellent opportunities for exercise and observing local wildlife. It is also within minutes of a main road through North Wales, putting the whole region within easy reach from the mountains of Snowdonia, to the North Wales coast and beyond.
Tammy Griffith, Registered Manager
Tammy is qualified to NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care and Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Management, she also has completed her ILM Level 4 in Leadership and Management.
Tammy has worked for MHC since 2005, working her way up from Support Worker to Registered Manager. She has experience in Autism, challenging behaviours and complex needs.