Somerset Court was the first specialist centre for autistic people in the UK. It consists of six purpose-built houses, which enable people to live ordinary day-today lives in small groups, with the help of our specialist staff.
Residents: 25-70 years old
Males and females
6 houses, Greatwood and Cotswold (four bedrooms with en-suites and two flats), Porlock (seven en-suite bedrooms), and Blackdown, Knoll and Lakeside (bungalows)
Transport links: five minute drive from local village, close to Burnham-on-Sea
Martin is a blind, autistic adult with prostate cancer and a resident at one of our residential services.
At Somerset Court our aim is for people to gain in confidence and independence and to build their social and communication skills. To help each person to thrive and to develop their full potential we create tailor-made programmes of activities. These reflect people’s interests and needs, and are carefully structured and balanced to give a mix of learning and leisure.
At home, each person has their own timetable which encourages them to become more self-sufficient. It includes household chores such as shopping, cooking and independent living skills, and leisure activities such as visiting the pub, bowling or going for a walk. People may also choose to do art and craft activities, cooking, IT, music therapy and aromatherapy.
People who live at Somersert Court also enjoy a wide range of leisure and vocational activities at the North Somerset Centre in Weston-super-Mare, and take day and evening courses at nearby Bridgewater College.
"Staff had developed positive relationships with people. People were relaxed in the company of staff. We observed positive interactions between people and staff. We saw one person visibly expressed their happiness when their staff member arrived on shift. A relative commented, '[Name of person] is always happy to go back to Porlock House, I go on their response and from that, I don't have any worries.'"
Interested in our adult services?
This service does not have a vacancy right now, but we have other residential and supported living schemes with vacancies throughout the UK