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Kingsley House Day Service is set in spacious, well-established grounds on the outskirts of the seaside town of Bideford in North Devon. We provide a wide range of leisure and learning opportunities for adults with autism in a specialist learning environment supported by a highly skilled staff team.

Our emphasis is on supporting adults with complex needs to fulfil their potential by developing vocational and life skills. We run a number of sessions, tailored to individual needs. This includes workshop style learning opportunities, such as our social skills programme to help build confidence and life skills, helping increase independence. We can support people in studying in further or higher education whether in lectures, tutorials or other activities. Our job coach can support people into work and help maintain employment.

I like the youth club, because I can see my friends and join in with the activities

Young person with autism

What we offer

Our facilities include:
  • sensory garden
  • sensory room
  • vegetable and horticultural garden
  • arts and crafts room
  • music therapy room
  • ICT facilities
  • kitchen
  • quiet room.

 

Individual packages include support with:

  • using public transport
  • banking and budgeting
  • accessing and understanding benefits
  • understanding what a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome means and taking the next step
  • dealing with anxiety
  • carer/family respite
  • accessing local facilities, eg theme parks, sports clubs etc.

Environment and facilities

At the day service we offer a range of indoor and outdoor facilities that allow the people who use our service to develop their skills and increase their confidence. We aim to provide people with opportunities to develop practical skills and pursue a range of interests.

Our large, safe, outdoor space includes a horticultural garden, with poly tunnels and a vegetable garden. We aim to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for all the people who use our service and have sensory and quiet rooms as well as a sensory garden for relaxation.

We encourage people to get involved in creative and vocational pursuits and our facilities and resources include an arts and crafts room and resources, music and music therapy rooms and a large training kitchen.

Kingsley House Day Service also runs a Saturday Youth Club for teenagers. The club is a fun and safe place for young people to mix and make new friends and provides an opportunity for young people to come together and get to know one another.

Person-centred approach

Within the day service, each person is provided with an individualised support package, allowing them to engage as independently as possible. Each person is placed at the centre of everything we do, promoting self-confidence and individuality. We work closely with each person to develop their care and support plan and to make sure that it lives up to expectations. Our approach can transform peoples’ lives.

Our team

Our staff are all experienced and qualified in supporting people with autism and learning disabilities. We adopt the NAS SPELL approach ensuring a structured, low arousal environment and use well-established strategies such as; TEACCH, PECS, Makaton and Signalong to enable the people we support to communicate and participate fully.

How to access our support

There are several ways you can pay for support through our daytime hubs. For more information, visit our benefits and care page.