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 Post 19 provision for adults with autism and learning difficulties, promoting a safe and secure environment whilst maintaining a feeling of space and light.
Millfield can accommodate up to eight residents with six single bedrooms, including two en-suite and two shared bathrooms in the main building and an additional two 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.
The provision aims to enable the 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
Live within a home environment where equality 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 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.