Only a short drive north from The Shires, Millfield is an attractive Edwardian House set in beautiful grounds in the quiet Lincolnshire village of Colsterworth. An important aspect of The Shires Post 19 service is the chance for residents to be an active part of community life, and Colsterworth is a village with a thriving community where the residents of Millfield have such an opportunity.
Millfield itself has been specially modified to provide a perfect setting for our new Post 19 provision for adults with autism and learning difficulties, promoting a safe and secure environment whilst maintaining a feeling of space and light.
The house can accommodate up to eight residents in single bedrooms, including two ensuite and two shared bathrooms in the main building. There are two additional en-suite bedrooms in the annex extension of the building. The living space has been specifically designed to a high specification for ease of flow between the two kitchens, dining room and two lounges. All of this allows the skilled staff team to support the residents in living together as independently as possible.
Alongside the house Millfield also has its own purpose-built day centre, with a variety of indoor spaces, and a horticultural provision complete with a Victorian style greenhouse. Both provide exciting possibilities for a broad programme of activities.
The provision aims to enable the young adults for whom it caters to:
Grow and achieve increasing independence
Make choices and decisions about all aspects of their lives
Enjoy and achieve so that their lives are rich and active
Become part of the community in which they live
Enjoy a diverse range of activities that promote their overall development
Lie within a home environment where quality and diversity are promoted
The adults have autism, severe learning difficulties and often associated challenging behaviour. This means that they need high levels of staffing if they are able to achieve their potential. The building and grounds have been tailored to meet their needs. There is plenty of opportunity for the adults to have privacy and equally important larger spaces which can be accessed when an adult needs supporting because of a behavioural incident or support to help achieve success with an activity such as cooking.
The adults for whom the provision caters are functioning largely at a level that is significantly below their chronological age. This means they need help with all activities, and support in making even the smallest choice or decision. Experienced staff recognise the balance that has to be achieved between encouraging young adults to take part in an activity, and allowing them to opt out if this is what they wish to do.
Between 10:00 and 16:00 the adults are encouraged to attend the on site day centre where they are offered a range of structured activities which give them the security of routine that autistic adults need. They continue to learn life skills which little by little enable greater independence
Meet the Team
Marina Gough – Director of Care and Education
Charles Tosan – Deputy Director of Care and Education
Tracey Ford – Human Resources Manager
Dulcie Williams – Senior Manager
Webster Mugadza and Kevin Warley – Registered Managers