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This year marks the 20th Anniversary of our Beechwood Residential Service – and what great 20 years it’s been.

Opened in 2000, the building is home to so many fantastic memories, where people have formed relationships and bonds for life.

To celebrate Beechwood’s 20th Anniversary, all residents and support staff threw a party full of party treats, a very delicious buffet, lots of fun and definitely a lot of laughter.

To commemorate the 20 years, our Beechwood families share their stories and insights on how the service has supported them over the years.

Paul moved to Beechwood 8 years ago, after various difficulties and obstacles he and his family faced throughout Paul’s entire life. “I am now in my 80s with my own health problems, and it gives me peace of mind to know that Paul is somewhere where he is happy and well looked after. Beechwood is now his family home, not just a care home”.  – Service User Parent.

“For almost all of my brother’s life he has been helped by Autism East Midlands. He attended their education services from nursery to higher education, then started weekday attendance at a day centre. Beechwood is the third AEM home Paul has lived in and he has been very happy there. The staff make sure all of Paul’s needs are met and always put his best interests first. My family and I really appreciate all that the Beechwood staff do to look after my brother. “ – Service User Family Member.

“Caroline is very happy at Beechwood and she has a full week in normal times with trips out to parks, horse riding, ten pin bowling and she also attends keep fit classes which are very important for her health. The staff at Beechwood ensure that she remains safe and they certainly do a great job looking after her welfare and wellbeing.” – Service User Parent.

Andrew moved to Beechwood many years ago from day services, which was his decision. Previously Andrew had found day to day life at home very difficult – causing some challenging behaviours. However, Andrew settled into Beechwood almost instantly. 

“Andrew gradually improved in making friendships, sharing, conversing and gaining confidence to name a few. He is now able to contribute to decisions and consider situations with help. He has empathy for others which is attributable to the input he receives. It was a very good move for Andrew and our family, and he is still maturing at his own level and we all appreciate the whole staff input at Beechwood”. – Service User Parent.