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Pelham Manor is a residential service for seven adults with autism. In our specialist environment, fully-trained and experienced staff help people to develop and work towards more independent living.

Environment and facilities

Pelham Manor is in Gravesend, half a mile from the town centre and within easy reach of Rochester. Whilst we have easy access to shops, cultural activities, sports, leisure, pubs and restaurants, we are also in easy reach of beautiful countryside including Shorne Wood Country Park and Gillingham Riverside Park.

Pelham Manor is a detached family home with an attractive garden on a pleasant road in a residential area. We have seven bedrooms, of which one is ensuite, and three bathrooms. Our large living room, dining room and modern kitchen give us plenty of space, and we have an additional living room for activities and for welcoming visitors. We have adapted Pelham Manor to make it fully accessible to someone using a wheelchair.

Leisure and learning activities

We carefully structure and balance life at Pelham Manor to give a mix of learning and leisure. Everyone has their own programme with individual goals based on their abilities and interests. Our aim is to help people to develop greater independence, so each person has a timetable at home which we create with them. It includes home chores such as shopping, cooking and independent living skills, and social activities in the community and with other autistic people.

We regularly run theme evenings and everyone enjoys our beauty and pamper evenings.

We run weekly classes in art, craft, sensory, massage, dance and music at Pelham Manor. Every day we use the NAS day centres in Gravesend which offer a wide range of activities. We have our own laptop with internet access. We make the most of local colleges and adult education centres, where courses include cookery, pottery, numeracy and literacy.

Person-centred approach

At Pelham Manor we help people to participate in activities that are important to them, and make sure that they are in control of their life choices.

We work closely with each person to develop their individual plan so that it meets their personal needs, preferences and aspirations. We get to know everyone who lives at Pelham Manor well, learning about their ambitions and helping them to achieve their goals. We also ensure that family, carers, friends and staff are full partners in the planning process.

It’s the first place where people understood her. Of course all the people are trained... they’re amazingly nice and help her to do the things she enjoys.

Parent

Our team

Our staff are all 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®), 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.