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 en-suite 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 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 residents at Millfield House all have a diagnosis of autism, and most also have severe learning difficulties and some associated challenging behaviour. The building and grounds have therefore been adapted to meet their complex needs with plenty of opportunity for the residents to have privacy, but also to be able to access communal spaces for recreation and the development of independent living skills.
Residents at Millfield House are functioning largely at a level that is significantly below their chronological age, so they need help with all activities, and support in making choices. 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. Residents at Millfield House are also encouraged to participate in activities such as gardening and horticulture, volunteering in the community, and undertaking work experience where they are able to do so, as well as developing their independent living skills such as money-management, laundry, cooking and nutrition, accessing the community to encourage increased independence, and enhanced self-confidence.
Meet the Team
Principal – Sandra Talbott
Tracey Ford – Human Resources Manager
Webster Mugadza and Kevin Warley – Registered Managers