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Overcliffe House is a residential service in Gravesend for 12 autistic adults. Our safe environment and experienced staff enable people to release their potential and become more independent.

Environment and facilities

We are half a mile from the town centre and its shops, cultural activities, sports, leisure, pubs and restaurants, and close to Rochester, Bluewater and Lakeside. Nearby beautiful countryside includes Shorne Wood Country Park and Gillingham Riverside Park.

Overcliffe House is a semi-detached family home with a large attractive garden on a pleasant road in a residential area. We have 12 good-sized bedrooms and plenty of space, with two living rooms, a dining room, two kitchens and a games room. Outside we have a sensory garden and a vegetable plot as well as pleasant places to sit and relax.

Seeing my son run, happy and smiling, back to Overcliffe after each home visit is so very reassuring.

Parent

Leisure and learning activities

At Overcliffe House we help people to develop their skills and independence through formal learning and leisure activities. Each person has a timetable at home which we create with them to reflect their needs and likes. It includes home chores such as shopping, cooking and independent living skills, and social activities in the community and with other autistic people.

Every day we use the NAS day centres in Gravesend which offer a wide range of activities to help people to develop their skills and knowledge. Some residents have their own computers with internet access and we also use the day centre's ICT suite. We make good use of our local colleges' adult education classes, where we pursue our passions – from creative drawing to pottery.

Person-centred approach

At Overcliffe House our role is to help people to do the things they love, and to become ever more self-sufficient. In every way possible we give people the power to run their own lives. We work closely with each person. Together we develop a support plan that meets their needs, preferences and aspirations. Everyone who lives here has a key worker and a link worker who get to know them well, learning about their ambitions and helping them to achieve their goals. We fully involve family, carers, friends and staff in the planning process.

Our team

Our staff are experienced and qualified in supporting people with autism 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®), so that they can communicate clearly with each person and make sure 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.