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This weeks blog comes from Lyndsay Faulkner, registered manager at our Ravenshead Respite Service, who provides a reflection on a succsessful year at Ravenshead.

In April 2019, Autism East Midlands started a new and exciting venture by opening their first ever adult respite service in Ravenshead. The site on which the service sits use to be part of our school premises which housed the Elizabeth Newton Centre before all school sites merged into a brand-new school on Bath Street in Nottingham. This has led the company into being a finalist in the “Building Excellence Award 2020” under the category of “Best change of use of an existing building”, which we are very proud of as a charity.

Over the last year, the staff at the service have adapted the site even further, updating one of the sensory rooms on site into a more cosy and colourful space. We are now in the process of adapting our second sensory space to ensure that this is a suitable environment for the service users that access this area. The gardens and grounds of the service are also being renovated by our team to make it a more enjoyable experience when service users access these areas. 

Ravenshead is a unique respite service as it is purpose built to support adults on an individual basis, ensuring that their care and the environment around them is as person centered as it can be. We have 3 individual buildings on site, each housing their own bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens and sensory rooms so every service user has their personal private space. The location of the service is ideal for its users as it’s very quiet and peaceful, situated in the woodlands of Ravenshead with fields and countryside views around them.

Two of our buildings are currently being used as a planned respite service, where adults who live at home with their families come for their own personalized holiday. The third building is currently being used as a emergency respite bed where we work with a local Community Assessment Team to support adults back into the community if they are having a difficult time at their current home, or they are looking for somewhere new to live.

We support adults who access our service in a variety of ways; improving independence skills, encouraging community engagement and build relationships with people outside of their home. Each service is built around a person’s individual requirements prior to them coming to the service, and their outcomes and care plans are updated throughout the year to reflect on any progress that has been made since their start in the service.

To learn more about our Ravenshead Service, please visit here.