Live and Learn

"Creating a Culture
of Gentleness"

Maple Home Activities


Firstly Maple House had to say goodbye two young people who have moved on to their next placements. On behalf of Maple house it was a privilege in supporting you in developing your life skills and promoting your independence, and would all like to wish you good luck for the future.

All the Young people have enjoyed getting involved in their routines and taking part in varied activities since their return, with new peers in the home it has enabled all young people to work on their relationship building skills again with each other with support from staff in the home. Developing their skills further in the community experiencing connectedness and companionship.

Again Maple have had to adjust slightly to make the environment a space which made every Young person feel at home, but with the companionship developed between us in Maple this hurdle has quickly been overcome.

Everyone in Maple House are still able to access most areas of the home as we continue to focus on reducing as many restrictive practices as safely as possible enabling the young people more independence and a smoother transition to their next placements. We all learn together and provide a feeling of safety, which will improve the young people's quality of life and promote independence.

With the beginning of the autumn term weather being a little bitter compared to last year this hasn’t stopped the young people in choosing to enjoy recreational walks along the coast which they enjoy making the most of, as they are able to access many amenities in walking distance or the public transport to shopping centers, cinemas and other local places of interest. It has been great to see the young people using the public transport more frequently and obtaining a sense of belonging out in the community.

Young People like to take advantage and continue to enjoy building on the relationships with their peers and staff by playing indoor board games, having cooking sessions and working on young people life skills throughout the home as well as taking part in activities offered offsite.

In Maple we continue to focus on building on the young people’s life skills and building on the relationships between each other so this practice is effective, even if it is as simple as putting away laundry, as one step is made another can be taken. Staff and young people maintain relationships and work together enabling them to experience a feeling of companionship with the staff keeping the young people at the center of everything we do.

It has been a great start to the new academic year, and look forward to the coming months as I sure the Young people do also.


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Bradstow School
34 Dumpton Park Drive
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