Residential provision at Brantwood
Brantwood Residential Provision, The Coach House, believes that it is vital that all children benefit from a nurturing, therapeutic environment which provides the opportunity to lead holistic lifestyles. These lifestyles incorporate health, education and new experiences in a residential setting in which disability does not define them as a person.
A holistic approach
The residential provision works holistically with therapy and education to underpin every child or young person’s journey by moulding their surroundings into a personal and unique living environment. To nurture this approach, staff embed their comprehensive training into their daily practice further supporting our shared vision of human development.
Nutrition, health, and relationships
Our residential programme is delivered through holistic support and care, ensuring that each child or young person’s nutrition and diet, health and wellbeing, and development of relationships is woven into all aspects of the homes and our land. Staff are trained in nutrition and prepare menus that are healthy and balanced, based on fresh and organic produce regularly sourced from our on-site biodynamic garden and farm. The children and young people plan and prepare their menus with staff, engage in wellness activities, and are supported to develop individualised activity and social plans, ensuring that they are healthy and nourished physically and socially.
Developing the whole person
Due to the often-complex nature of the children, we know that it is not possible to treat our children and young people’s symptoms in isolation. Instead, we approach each individual as a whole person. The result is that our residents are able to lead rich and full lives both in their homes and in the surrounding community. We work closely with parents, carers, and the individual’s extended support network to ensure that every member of the child or young person’s community is included in the decision making process centred on their holistic development.
Finding the right fit
Household planning is key to supporting each individual’s safety and development. At The Coach House our entire team assesses the needs of each child or young person in order to ensure that their home and housemates are compatible to their specific requirements.
The result of our holistic support and care programme is that our children and young people consistently achieve good outcomes on their pathways to supported independence and lead rich and full lives through integrated planning and a warm and caring environment.
The Residential Service throughout Ruskin Mill Trust is based on the 7 Care Qualities; Rhythm, Warmth, Nourishment, Trust, Constancy, Culture, and Recreation:
Rythm – The rhythm of daily living, providing comfort in routine and order. Rhythm is provided through the daily meal, household chores, schedules and help individuals to know what to expect throughout the day.
Warmth – Not only physical warmth, but also emotional warmth, providing a warm and welcoming home, where, through acts of generosity and support, individuals can experience inner warmth.
Nourishment – Nourishment comes not only from the food that is prepared and served in the households, but also through social and cultural activities, stories, and being in nature, where the whole individual is nourished.
Trust – Developing trust between peers and staff, providing reliability and stability. Helping individuals to be honest and true to others and themselves.
Constancy – Constancy provides a level of predictability and reassurance. It comes from routines and understanding consequences of actions. Constancy can help with coping with change as there is always a grounding point.
Culture – Culture helps to enrich the educational experiences of the students, attending concerts and storytelling events, engaging in their communities and understanding the world around them.
Recreation – Recreation plays an important part in the household, providing vitality and playfulness, supporting others and bringing joy. Through recreation, the rhythm of living becomes sustainable and it provides spontaneity and diversity.