East Court Home, Wookey

East Court Home, near Wells, is a large Regency Country House with 10 people living in the main building and a further three living semi-independently in their own accommodation. There is also the Garden House, a purpose built home where four more residents live.

East Court was the first home we opened, back in 1986, and was originally home to 16 people of mixed ability, some of whom had been friends since their schooldays. Today some of our current residents have known each other for over forty years! The house is located in the quiet village of Wookey, about two miles west of Wells, and has extensive grounds, walled gardens, outbuildings and many interesting features.

Currently the 10 residents in the main building enjoy en-suite facilities, communal lounge, kitchen and dining areas, together with a games and educational room which was funded by a National Lottery grant. Three more residents live in a cottage and bed-sits converted from the original coach house, where varying levels of semi-independent living are provided.

The Garden House, which opened in the grounds of East Court in 2000, is home to four people with moderate to severe learning disabilities. It provides an independent means of living with tailored personal support from staff. Built around the manor house's old bakery, Garden House is an eclectic mix of traditional design and modern features which blends in with its surrounding architecture.

All East Court residents have private bedrooms decorated to reflect their individual choice.

The staff at East Court tailor an individual programme of life skills for each resident, as well as running a full range of daytime and evening activities. During the day there's a mix of activities including the workshops, home tasks, gardening, cooking and outings. The workshops – both at East Court and off-site – cover areas such as healthy living, computers, pottery, weaving, felting and activity sessions. Some residents are in sheltered employment nearby and many attend college courses.

Evening activities can range from visits to the cinema, theatre performances and Gateway Club to evenings relaxing by the television.