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Pinecroft is a large, spacious residential home for four autistic people. Our focus is on supporting people to enhance their independent living skills before they move into their own flat or house, into a supported living environment or into a residential placement. We equip each person who lives here with the skills and coping strategies to achieve a greater level of independence. From helping people to understand their diagnosis and take ownership of their health and wellbeing to leisure activities and developing confidence in social situations, each person is supported to make informed decisions that will increase their quality of life.

I enjoy living here, the staff are nice and the house is professionally run.

Autistic person

Environment and facilities

Pinecroft is located in the village of Thornbury. It brings all the benefits of a small rural location, from local amenities to scenic walks all within a close community, while being just a short distance from Bristol and the many shops, attractions, parks and restaurants the city has to offer.

Each person who lives at Pinecroft is encouraged to make their room their own by choosing their own décor, furnishings and accessories. They can also benefit from communal spaces including two lounge areas, a kitchen diner, a light and airy conservatory and a large garden.

The activities we offer:

  • learning daily living skills
  • building social skills and confidence
  • support with access to college courses
  • preparation for work
  • visits to cafes, pubs and restaurants
  • cultural and historic trips
  • walking and cycling
  • swimming and sports at the local leisure centre
  • bowling, cinema or golf
  • aromatherapy sessions
  • day trips around the UK
  • shopping trips
  • games evenings
  • attending local events and concerts.

We also support people to do other activities that they are interested in.

 

Person-centred approaches

Our service offers high-quality, non-discriminatory care that promotes choice, independence, dignity and autonomy, and enhances people's quality of life. Everyone has their own person-centred plan, and we produce a structured timetable for each person that takes account of their individual needs and aspirations and helps them to access community activities of their choice. These plans are reviewed and evaluated regularly. People living at Pinecroft have a say in decisions about the way the house operates, as well as the recruitment of staff. Our outreach service is also available to help them access opportunities in the community.

All the staff members are caring and pleasant towards my brother and he is very happy at Pinecroft.

Family member

Staff support

All our staff undertake autism and person-centred planning training and are experienced in working with people with autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome. Everyone living in the house gets to choose their own person-centred planning team. Further external support comes from consultant psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, all of whom have extensive knowledge and experience of Asperger syndrome and challenging behaviour. We use the Care Programme Approach (CPA), through which we regularly review people's individual needs with the input of care coordinators.

How to access our support

Places in our residential homes are usually funded directly by your local authority although other funding sources may sometimes be available. For more information, visit our access page.