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Echo Square House (Parrock Road) is a residential service in Gravesend for three autistic adults. Our safe environment and fully-trained and experienced staff help people to learn, release their potential and work towards more self-sufficient living.

It sets the standard for others to follow.

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Environment and facilities

Echo Square House is in a busy area of Gravesend which is an easy walk or bus ride from the town centre. It is a modern detached family house with a pleasant enclosed garden. We have three bedrooms, each with its own basin, and both a bathroom and a wet room. Our living room, dining room and kitchen are well equipped, and we have plenty of books, videos, art materials and games, a piano and a computer with internet access.

Gravesend and Rochester provide us with plenty to do, with shops, museums, art galleries, bowling, riding, swimming and sports all close at hand. We often take trips further afield, and enjoy being close to beautiful countryside.

Leisure and learning activities

We encourage everyone at Echo Square House to follow a carefully designed individual programme of activities and training. At home each person has a timetable which includes home chores such as shopping, cooking and independent living skills, and social activities in the local community.

We make daily use of the NAS day centres in Gravesend which offer a wide range of activities to encourage residents to build their abilities and knowledge. As well as making the most of local amenities and socialising with other autistic adults, we regularly go to concerts and enjoy holidays both at home and abroad.

Person-centred approach

At Echo Square House it is important that people do the things they enjoy and which matter to them, and take control of their own life choices.

Each person develops their individual plan with staff who know them well. We work closely with them, learning about their ambitions and helping them to achieve their goals. Family, carers, friends and staff also take part in the planning process.

Our team

Our staff are all experienced and qualified in working with autistic adults and learning difficulties. Communication can be difficult for autistic people and our staff use a variety of communication methods including spoken language, sign language and visual strategies (including ®Makaton), with the aim of communicating clearly with each person and ensuring their views are heard and understood.

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.