Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Gedling, Mansfield and Newark


Service description

Cherry, Rowan and Aspen Villas are residential units for adults with learning disabilities. The Oaklands is based in Warsop, only minutes away from the town centre and local shops. The villas are set in their own grounds within the Oaklands complex. There is a community centre for use by the residents and 18 permanent bedrooms, plus two bedrooms that are used to provide short breaks for individuals.

All residents and respite clients are encouraged and given the choice to participate in all our activities. Residents and respite clients are respected for their individuality, views and the way in which they are accustomed to living their lives. Residents and respite clients are able to entertain in the privacy of their own rooms and relatives and friends are actively encouraged to visit, visiting times are unrestricted. All residents and respite clients are treated with dignity in the way in which staff support with dressing, feeding and other personal needs.

We have our own minibus that we can use at any time to provide outings and holidays for residents and respite clients.


Learning opportunities

• Legal and policy issues relating to people with learning disabilities.

• Opportunity to access day centres

• Multi-disciplinary working including attendance at care programme approach meetings, health and day centre reviews

• Group work

• Person-centred care planning, monitoring and review

• Understanding of and contribution to the purchasing and commissioning process

• Working with service users with moderate to sever learning disabilities and complex needs

• Experience of continuing assessment of need and risk

• Experience of advocating on behalf of service users with other service providers and organisations

• Multi-agency and partnership working

• Familiarisation and understanding of local and national policy and legislation relating to the service user group

• Practice within the principles of anti-discrimination, anti-oppressive practice and equal opportunities

• Working as part of a team to provide a high quality service as well as opportunity for development of individual working

• Direct facilitation of daily living skills

• Service quality monitoring

• Use of the Mental Health Act 1983/2007

• Understanding empowerment

• Liaison with parents/carers

• Opportunities to apply relevant theories

• Facilitate opportunities to maintain and develop existing relationships

• Facilitate opportunities to enhance self-esteem and confidence

• Holistic assessment

• Transition support planning

• Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Programme Approach

• Duty of care

• Learn about medication and relative side effects

• Report writing

• Understanding Valuing People policy

• Dealing with new referrals

• Promoting social inclusion by encouraging service users to create and maintain links with the local community

• Care Standards Act 2000

• Networking with other professional agencies in both statutory and voluntary sectors


Additional information

The project is all on one level and has access for wheelchair users. Disabled toilets facilities are available. We are an equal opportunities employer.

*This is not a Framework service