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Stonepit Close is a residential service in Godalming for autistic adults. We designed the two houses here specifically for autistic people and our staff are highly trained so Stonepit Close is an ideal environment in which to thrive and become more self-sufficient.

Environment and facilities

In Stonepit Close we have two linked houses – Jan Norton House and Holly House – which are home to ten autistic adults. We are in a pleasant residential area of Godalming, a country town in a beautiful part of Surrey. Its narrow streets are lined with ancient and historic buildings, shops and cafes, and lead to the meadows beside the River Wey.

In and around Godalming there is plenty for us to do, with two of our day services, a wide range of leisure facilities, colleges, cultural centres and countryside, all of which we make the most of.

Everyone who lives in Stonepit Close has their own bedroom, which we encourage them to decorate and personalise. There are five bedrooms in each house, and every bedroom has its own wash basin. Each house has several communal rooms, including a living room, dining room, kitchen, conservatory and quiet room. They both have large gardens, and opposite the houses we have our own gym.

Godalming is linked by rail to London and Portsmouth, and is only six miles from Guildford.

I'm really happy here. It's the best place I've ever lived.

Person we support

Leisure and learning activities

We encourage everyone who lives at Stonepit Close to live life to the full, while learning new skills and becoming more independent. Each person therefore takes part in a wide range of activities, from learning domestic tasks to attending college, and with plenty of time for fun. Every person’s programme is different so that they can set their own goals and do the activities they really enjoy and benefit from. Below is a list of some of our activities.

Several times a year everyone who lives at Stonepit Close gets together with the other people from our Surrey services: we create our own pantomime, run a sports day and hold parties in the summer and at Christmas, as well as many other gatherings and special days.

I get to do lots of activities and this even includes great holidays.

Person we support

The activities we offer:

  • practising daily living skills
  • building social skills and confidence
  • building communication skills
  • visits to cafes, pubs and restaurants
  • cultural outings
  • walking and cycling
  • swimming
  • rock climbing
  • trampolining
  • skiing and skating
  • bowling
  • ASDAN courses
  • college courses at any level
  • preparation for work.

There are many more activities and we are always open to suggestions for new ones.

Person-centred approach

Everyone at Stonepit Close has their own programme, designed to help them become more confident and independent, as well as being enjoyable. They design their programme by working closely with their key and link workers, who get to know them well. Our staff are all highly trained, and their understanding enables them to help autistic people to communicate and to express what they want. We always include family, carers, friends and staff in our planning process.

Our staff

Because autism presents us all with complex challenges, we train our staff thoroughly, and continue to develop their expertise throughout their careers. They understand the best ways to support autistic people, and use both their experience and tried and tested approaches such as SPELL and TEACCH to provide effective means of communication and structure.

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.