Oakdene is our newest edition to the Apple Community, which opened in January, 2015. The home houses 6 young people whose focus is moving towards Independence and is situated a 10 minute drive from the school. The house is located between Horsham and Guildford, and has good access to both local amenities and the larger facilities that Guildford and Horsham have to offer.
The home occupies a large Edwardian building with comfortable living space for up to six young people. There is approximately one acre of grounds that comprise a large garden, basketball court and attractive gardens. There is a Summer house with seating, pool table and football table and a large workshop.
The home is set out on two floors. The first floor is home to five bedrooms, one of which is the staff sleeping in accommodation. There is one bathroom for the use of the young people, equipped with a shower cubicle, bath, toilet and washbasin.
The ground floor is occupied by a large comfortable living room with TV, a games room with television sets for use with games consoles, and a good stock of board games, DVD’s and books for communal use. The kitchen / dining room comfortably seats 10 people enabling staff, boys and visitors to enjoy meals together.
The kitchen area is modern and fully equipped. All meals are prepared by the care staff, who receive appropriate training in health & safety and food hygiene, with invited assistance from the young people. There is also a laundry room equipped with two washing machines and a tumble dryer.
Having worked in the field of sexually harmful behaviours for many years, I have been aware of Apple Orchard, however this has been the first opportunity I have had to work with a young person residing here. It has been very helpful to meet with their keyworker and obtain an understanding of the processes.
Specialist Social Worker