General Services

General Services

Our homes currently hold the Investor in Children Award, an achievement we are immensely proud of and of which we endeavour to build on and promote the ethos of involving young people in the day to day decisions within our homes.

All young people are encouraged to regularly take part in various leisure and cultural pursuits, including trips to restaurants, theatres, and cinemas, and activities such as bowling, climbing, ice-skating, horse riding, and indoor skiing.

Our homes’ will promote and facilitate a wide range of activities, driven by the young person’s hobbies and interests and this may include the provision of outdoor pursuits. Young people will be encouraged to help take care of the gardens and the vegetable and flower beds, which will grow fresh vegetables providing ingredients for meals cooked within the home.

The management and staff team at the homes recognise the importance of such activities for a young person’s development as they help to enhance social relationships, interpersonal skills, promote self-esteem, improve physical and practical activity skills and promote a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to those already mentioned activities may also include the following:

  • Swimming
  • Climbing Wall
  • Fell Walking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • Gymnasium
  • Golf (Driving range)
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Gardening
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Army Cadets
  • Water Polo
  • Golf
  • Football (Team)
  • Camping
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Textiles
  • Cooking


The staff team at the home will work alongside the young person and their individual care plan to cater for their activity preference, whilst also providing them with opportunities to experience other physical, recreational and cultural experiences.

Staff will provide information on Sex and Relationships Education as part of their commitment to promoting the best health outcomes for young people. Parents who do not want their child to participate in Sex and Relationships Education at the home will have their wishes respected.

A choice of food will be provided and young people are encouraged to express their own preferences. Wherever possible, and if it is in the health interests of the young person, both homes will strive to consult young people on the planning of menus and shopping lists to provide a varied and healthy diet with a range of choices to cater for dietary needs and preferences.

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