Based in Thorrington, Essex, The Orchards supports men with a learning disability, and can also support men who have complex needs and behaviours.
The Orchards is a detached property on a quiet residential street in Thorrington, a small village between Colchester and Clacton, which has a pub and a café along with a village shop and post office. Nearby there are plenty of community facilities for people to access, including shops, colleges, a swimming pool and a local park in a pretty waterside setting. Clacton and Colchester are a short journey away, providing an array of activities for residents to choose from.
Everyone has their own bedroom, which they are encouraged to personalise and decorate to show their individuality. The Orchards has a large living space and well equipped kitchen-dining area for people to use. The kitchen-diner is the hub of the house where residents are encouraged to help prepare food and drinks for themselves and visitors. Developing self-care and daily living skills is a very important part of life at The Orchards.
Externally there is a large, well-maintained garden, where individuals participate in gardening and enjoy growing their own vegetables. The garden has a seating area for relaxing or hosting barbeques. The outside area at The Orchards also boasts an activities centre, where regular music and clay sessions take place.
Each resident has a dedicated key worker who supports them to have individual activity plans, based on their likes and hobbies. Their goal is to enable people to structure their time, build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs.