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St Edwards is a residential service in Croydon for autistic adults who have moderate to severe learning difficulties. Our expert care and ideal environment enable people to learn, to become more confident and independent and to live full lives in the community.

Environment and facilities

St Edwards is home to 12 people who live in two houses on a single site. We are in a quiet residential area, and are very much part of the community. We are within walking distance of shops, parks, a swimming pool, a library and many other community facilities. There is also an excellent bus service into Croydon town centre, a busy cosmopolitan area with cinemas, theatre, an art gallery, several shopping centres and a mainline railway station.

Everyone who lives in St Edwards has a light and cheerful single bedroom and shares comfortable communal lounges and dining areas. We encourage people to make their rooms their own by choosing the decor and accessories.

St Edwards is open 52 weeks a year, 24 hours a day.

Leisure and learning activities

St Edwards is close to three NAS day services which offer varied activities to help people to build their abilities. In addition, everyone who lives here has an individual evening planner – activities might include trampolining, pub trips, walks, shopping, outings further afield, or relaxed activities at home such as games, one-to-one time or aromatherapy sessions. At the weekend we go out for the day to the coast or places of interest.

Each person also has their own learning programme with goals reflecting their abilities and interests. We aim overall to help people become more independent, so we practise skills such as meal preparation, personal hygiene, safety and conduct in the community.

Person-centred approach

Each person at St Edwards has their own tailored programme of activities and support which helps them to develop the life and social skills that they need to move on into the community.

They have a key worker and a link worker who work closely with them to create their plan, learning about their ambitions and helping them to achieve their goals. We include family, carers, friends and staff in the planning process.

How much can I praise? The whole family commend the staff for the real dedication and love given to my son. He has achieved so much under their care and is happy in his home.

Parent

Our team

Our staff are experienced and qualified in helping people with autism and learning difficulties. Communication can be difficult for people with autism and we use a variety of communication methods including spoken language, sign language and visual strategies (including Makaton®), so we 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.