At Gorse Hill we support ten residents who have learning disabilities, complex needs and challenging behaviour.
We support our residents to live as full of a life as possible and be involved with the local community. There are two Gateway clubs in the area and football and swimming sessions. One lady volunteers for the local CVS service and another individual does work experience at a club.
People are supported to try out college courses, if they wish, such as living skills, cookery, animal care and computer skills.
Our home is in a residential area between Burnley and Padiham town centre. There is a bus stop nearby with regular services to various towns in the area. We also have a vehicle.
We have six bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities as well as four self-contained flats. These have been designed to help residents gain more independence, possibly with a view to moving in to their own home.
The property is wheelchair accessible and adaptations can be made to the service to meet individuals’ needs. We also have a number of communal areas and a large garden.
We hold regular meetings where residents can express their opinions and have weekly meetings to choose menus and create shopping lists.
One lady who came to live with us had very low self-esteem. Staff worked alongside outside agencies to support her to build her confidence and get out and about in the community. She is now much happier and has moved on to supported accommodation nearer her family.