Heathcotes opens first children’s service
Heathcotes Group is delighted to announce the completion of a milestone development with the opening of the company’s first specialist services for children.
Brendon House provides care for children and young people aged 8-18 with complex needs, learning difficulties and emotional and behavioural difficulties. Built by contractors, John Ryan Developments Ltd, the two-storey accommodation totals 3,930 sq ft and includes eight en-suite bedrooms alongside extensive communal space designed to provide the feel of a typical family home environment.
The services will employ over 20 staff, all trained in NAPPI (Non-Abusive Physical and Psychological Interventions) to maintain a positive influence on each child and minimise the level and frequency of challenging behaviour. The leadership team at Brendon House has a wealth of experience in the residential children’s sector, including care support for severely challenging behaviours, learning difficulties and high-level therapeutic practice led through in-house clinical input. Heathcotes is expecting to see referrals from all over the UK due to a current lack of specialist provision for children in residential care.
Heathcotes Managing Director, Brendan Kelly, said:
“The launch of our first children’s services is a landmark stage in Heathcotes’ expansion. We have made our name with nationwide services providing person-centred care for adults. With the opening of Brendon House, we can now offer the full care pathway for individuals, working with each child to ensure a smooth transition into adulthood.
“Brendon House has a highly-trained practice team working cohesively to provide a family-style environment through emotional warmth and structured routines, rules and appropriate boundaries. We want to ensure that children have the opportunities to express themselves and their talents in a safe, well-structured environment. The children will be supported through high levels of supervision whilst being encouraged to engage in the wider community and achieve their personal aspirations.”
Designed by Heathcotes’ in-house architectural consultancy, JDS Design, the £450,000 Brendon House development was built over a 20-week programme which commenced in April. The facility includes an office, en-suite wet rooms, two communal bathrooms, large family-style dining area and fully fitted modern kitchen, laundry room, large open-plan sensory chill room, a lounge for relaxation and another lounge for engaging activities such as arts crafts and play therapy.