Southview is a well-established home, specialising in supporting individuals with autism, learning disabilities, epilepsy and associated behaviours. We provide a structured, warm environment, which we believe plays an important part in providing people with the opportunities and experiences in life that promote their individual growth. This empowers them to make choices and to take control of their life at their own pace.
We support each person to reach their goals to the best of their abilities and recognise achievements, however small they may seem. We believe everyone should have a varied and fulfilling lifestyle and be able to choose to do anything that any other young person would, such as studying and going to night clubs.
The progress people have made has happened because we listen to what they are telling us, however they communicate it, and build on each person’s interests to develop their confidence and flexibility. We encourage everyone to be involved in how we run our home and take on responsibility, if they wish, through tasks like interviewing staff or helping with maintenance checks. Several people have developed special roles, such as Party Co-ordinator and Makaton Co-ordinator. We hold regular house meetings where everyone can share their thoughts.
At present we enjoy a variety of activities, which include visits swimming, theatre trips, cinema trips, day centres, Hydrotherapy, sensory sessions and holidays, to name but a few. We continue to seek out new adventures. Our current activity base has grown, and will continue to do so to meet individual needs and interests.
We are situated in the village of Fair Oak and its location in the centre of a thriving community provides opportunities to access a wide variety of activities with ease. This can be achieved by using local transport, which is on our doorstep, or by using one of our vehicles, which enables access to places further afield, such as Monkey World and Bournemouth.
All bedrooms have en-suite facilities and can be adapted to meet mobility needs. The shared areas of the home include a large kitchen, a sensory room and a well maintained garden.