St Chads Home, Midsomer Norton

St Chads was the third Orchard Vale Trust home, opened in October 1995. It is an attractive early 20th century four-bedroom detached home with a large garden, and is home to four men with moderate to profound learning disabilities, two on the autistic spectrum and all with a history of challenging needs.

St Chads has high staff levels to support the needs of its residents, and provides an enriched social, material and therapeutic environment within an ordinary home setting.

The house is located in a quiet area of Midsomer Norton in Bath and North East Somerset, within walking distance of all local amenities and services. There are cars available for longer journeys.

St Chads uses the Person Centred Active Support model, so all activities are generated by the home and its interactions with the local community, and the men participate in all aspects of running their home.

There are three individualised lounges, one of them shared by two of the men who are friends and the other two used by one individual each, while all have their own on-suite bedrooms. The men manage these rooms, the communal areas and the garden, plan their own menus, shop for food and cook all their own meals. They also contribute to the home's DIY maintenance and the garden.

Just as in all homes, there are more things to do than time to do them, and this means there's a lot of choice both at home and in the community. The men's lifestyles are a mixture of the home commitments and things they enjoy in their leisure time.

The staff at St Chads approach the men's behavioural needs using positive behaviour support. The essence of this approach is to understand why challenging behavior occurs and to encourage new, more positive behaviours and increase social skills, while always respecting the individual.

Staff receive extensive training and St Chads has had many successful inspections by the regulators. It enjoys the full support of the men's families and friends.