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Park View is a residential service in Burnham-on-Sea for four adults with autism. It provides an ideal environment for people with autism and with the help of our fully-trained and experienced staff they learn, release their potential and work towards more independent living.

Environment and facilities

Park View is in a residential area of the seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. We are close to the town centre so that we can easily walk to supermarkets, a health centre, dentist, library, theatre, cinema and many other community facilities. The surrounding area offers plenty of leisure, tourist attractions and areas of natural beauty. We are 15 miles from Bridgewater, 20 miles from both Weston-super-Mare and Taunton, and 30 miles from Bristol.

Park View is a detached house with three bedrooms, a communal living room, dining room, conservatory and kitchen. A transitional flat is attached to the main house to offer someone the ideal transition from a residential service to supported living. In our large garden we grow vegetables and flowers. It also contains the Rawlings suite, which we use for training, meetings and as a cinema.

Leisure and learning activities

At Park View we help people to live their lives to the full and to become more self sufficient. Everyone has a full and varied programme of day activities, geared to their personal needs. Programmes balance an extremely wide range of learning and leisure activities that can include vocational skills training at the Lynx resource centre, supported employment, or further education at a local college.

To help people learn domestic skills everyone has a timetable at home including chores such as cooking and shopping, as well as social activities such as visiting clubs, pubs, restaurants and the theatre.

Person-centred approach

At Park View we think 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 puts together their own individual plan with staff who know them well. Their key worker and link worker work closely with them, learning about their ambitions and enabling them to achieve their goals. Family, carers, friends and staff are also full partners in the planning process.

Our child is being provided with an excellent package of care which is being delivered by staff who are confident and experienced in dealing with autism.

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Our team

Our staff are all experienced and qualified in working with people with autism and learning difficulties. Communication can be difficult for people with autism and our staff are trained to use a variety of communication methods including spoken language, sign language and visual strategies, 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.