Northcroft Home, Cheddar
Northcroft is a large, stone-built Edwardian house in which eight people with mild to moderate learning disabilities live, within walking distance of the centre of Cheddar village and its shops, cafes, facilities and attractions.
Northcroft opened in 1991 as Orchard Vale's second home, and aims to give all its residents a full and varied lifestyle, based on respect for their privacy, choice and independence. The staff are currently working to develop this person-centred approach even more fully.
Everyone who lives at Northcroft is offered a full range of work, educational and leisure opportunities in order to develop their personal potential. Visitors often comment on the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the home.
Within the home residents can use the pleasant lounge for watching TV and DVDs, listening to music, or interacting with computers and tablets. The kitchen-dining room is the heart of the home, furnished with an AGA and large family style tables, and residents eat meals together here and join in numerous activities.
Residents' personal rooms are all decorated according to their individual styles and taste, although many people's paintings and photos also adorn the communal areas. At the back of the home there's a garden with a vegetable patch and room for socialising, including barbecues in summer.
During the day residents get involved in a range of activities, including workshops at East Court, local college classes, karate, hill walking, Gateway Club and story-telling.