At Brook Lodge we are registered to support eight men with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and mental health needs.
Our philosophy is to support people as individuals to achieve the very best quality of life and live as independently as possible, with the level of support they need to feel comfortable.
We believe everyone should be accepted for who they are and be involved in the wider community. We hold regular meetings where the people who live here are encouraged to voice their opinions on how the home is run and become involved in menu planning, choice of décor within their bedrooms and the communal areas and activity planning.
We consistently offer a wide range of activities and are keen to seek out new opportunities to suit individuals’ needs and interests. We work with each person to create their own personalised activity timetable.
Several individuals attend Forest of Dean college, studying cookery, computing, photography, swimming and life skills. More courses can be accessed at other colleges in the area.
Visitors often comment on the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere at Brook Lodge, which staff work hard to maintain. The staff team have a good understanding of behavioural triggers and redirection and are able to ensure that service users achieve their full potential whilst still maintaining their personal safety.
The more established members of the team are keen to mentor new staff, ensuring the quickly gain a good understanding of the service and each person who lives there.
We are located in Longhope, a small village in the Forest of Dean. There are shops, a post office and pubs in the village, and excellent transport links to Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye.
Being in a rural location, people living at Brook Lodge also take part in a number of outdoor activities including horse riding, attending the local farm project, climbing, walking and fishing. We have three vehicles at the home, which helps getting out and about.
Brook Lodge is a well-established home which is part of the local community. We use local shops and pubs and attend village functions.
We also offer everyone the opportunity to socialise with people who live at nearby Voyage homes, at parties, discos and barbecues and encourage individuals to maintain contact with their families, offering support for home visits if they wish.
Our home has ten bedrooms with ensuite facilities as well as an independent flat with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living area.
There are gardens to the front and rear of the house and a greenhouse for growing produce.