Woodlands

Wigan

Woodlands will provide long and short-term residential care for children and young people with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The home aims to be a ‘home from home’: a place where residents can feel safe, secure, and comfortable and cared for. The service will be opening in early 2020.

Woodlands will focus on establishing a place of safety, building meaningful and lasting relationships and supporting individuals to access the support they require in order to make a positive difference to their lives. Residents are to be supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a qualified and committed staff team who will ensure that they have access to educational and recreational opportunities, access to medical professionals and therapies. Where appropriate staff will encourage residents to build and maintain relationships with families and communities.

The home is semi-detached and set within a small cul-de-sac in Wigan. The area is suburban with easy access to a wide range of local amenities and in walking distance to a local bus service. There are several primary and secondary schools within the area and where possible and appropriate our residents are to be supported to attend these schools in order to further embed themselves in the local community and make friends. Individuals will have their own spacious bedroom that they are encouraged to personalise and make their own. The home also has a number of communal areas including a lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, garden and utility room.

Visitors are welcome at the home and residents are encouraged to invite their friends and family. All visits will be coordinated with and approved by the staff team.

Our resident profile:

  • Children and young people, aged 7-17
  • Experienced or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE), sexualised behaviours, violence and aggression
  • May present with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Have mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression
  • Presenting with self-harm
  • May have a history of previous placement breakdowns

Activities

Residents will be motivated to take part in a range of activities that benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing. They will have a choice of activities each week including horse riding, ice skating, trampolining, dance, swimming and music, as well as an opportunity to become a member of a local club such as cadets or guides. They will also be taken on regular outings to local attractions such as museums and the zoo.

Education

We believe that education provides the foundation for future success and achievement, and great emphasis is placed upon the children and young people having excellent attendance at school. The staff team will promote a positive attitude to learning, keeping in close contact with school staff, sharing all relevant information, attending all parents evenings and encouraging and supporting all out of school learning. We will work closely with local schools and colleges with guidance from the Virtual School to ensure children get the most appropriate placement for them and that any Special Educational Needs (SEN) are identified at the earliest opportunity.

Our community links:

  • Jubilee Park
  • Town centre with local shops, library, cinema and restaurants
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Bowling alley, trampoline park, roller rink
  • Children in Care council
  • Community groups – dance clubs, Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts, football and swimming etc.
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