Apple Orchard, Bramley was our first home opening in June 1991, since the early days this home has been radically refurbished and developed to incorporate up to eight young people. It is situated in a small suburb of Guildford, Surrey. The house sits within an acre of land which has been separated to include a football pitch, all weather basketball court, vegetable garden, car parking and a Sports and Games room called the 100club.
The house has bedrooms for up to eight young people, spread over two floors; a large conservatory and dining area along with a well-appointed kitchen and 3 bathrooms for the use of the young people. They attend our Ofsted and DoE registered school located at Orchard House, a 20 minute drive away, and travel to and from school by car. Staff on duty during the day remain at school, for consistent support for the young people.
The home is within easy access of local amenities including a large county hospital, and health services, leisure activities such as Cinema, Ice Skating and bowling, as well as plenty of countryside for bike rides, walks and sports and a secluded cycle track at the rear of the property which is part of the South Downs Way.
Within the home there are several areas for the young people to socialise in, these include a large conservatory which is used both for regular meetings and for TV and Films, there is a Games room within the home with TV and Games consoles and a large dining area for meals, and for quieter activities such as arts and crafts. The group enjoy cooking and have access to the kitchen to both help with meals and to prepare treats such as cakes and biscuits.
The home is regularly decorated and the young people have helped to choose the internal decoration of the communal areas and of their bedrooms. The young people also help to decide what activities are offered and what facilities they want at the home. Their recent request was a games room away from the main home.
100club – the young people requested that they turn one of the outbuildings into a club house and they have worked on this project since Easter 2014. They have decorated the building, installed Gym equipment, a flat screen TV and PS4 in the room and as a group decided on the rules for the club. It was decided to call it the 100 club as the group required each participant to gain 100 points in the weekly incentive scheme in order to access the facilities.