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Berkeley House


Specialism: Learning Vacancies: No current vacancies.

Type of Service: The long-standing staff team at Berkeley House are highly skilled in supporting service users. Their consistent approach and expertise with implementation of behavioural support plans and total communication has proved most beneficial in stabilising behaviours and enhancing quality of service user’s lives.

Age Range: Currently 20 +

Current Profile of Service: Berkeley is made up of three separate dwellings within beautiful grounds located within the peaceful rural Kent countryside. All the homes back onto very large grounds which house, chickens, a mini allotment, and BBQ area. The grounds also house a large resource facility, which offers a full program of structured educational and recreational activity. There is computer room, life skills training kitchen and fully equipped sensory facility.

Hours Provided: There is 24-hour staffing, including waking night and sleep-in staff.

Focus of Service: The service operates a total communication approach, the skilled and long standing staff team promote the use of pictorial aids, communication passports, augmented communication aids and boasts good links with local Health professional teams.

Staff respected people in the way they addressed them and helped them to move around the service. We saw several instances of a kindly touch or a joke and conversation as drinks or the lunch was served and at other times during the day. Staff were knowledgeable about the needs and requirements of people using the service. Staff involved people in planning their own care in formats that they were able to understand, for example pictorial formats. Staff supported them in making arrangements to meet their health needs.

Care Quality Commission report, 2016

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Berkeley house is a stunning property located within the rural Kent countryside. There are three separate dwellings within the beautiful grounds.

The Bakery: Residential service which can support up to ten adults with learning disabilities and challenging needs. This is an all male service and high staffing levels compliment varying levels in needs.

The Granary: Small residential service for four people. This is the ideal service for people preparing to move from residential care onto supported living, in fact some service users have recently moved onto supported accommodation in the local community. Support within this service is very much structured to the model of supported living and there is high emphasis on independence skills training.

The Windmill: Small residential service for five people, currently an all female service and the accommodation can meet the needs of people with physical needs/ wheelchair use. Again a very individual service and support is implemented to fully reflect the needs of individuals.

All the above homes back onto very large grounds which house, chicken pen, mini allotment and BBQ area.

Resource Centre: The grounds also house a large resource facility, which offers a full program of structured educational and recreational activity. There is an arts and crafts area, computer room, life skills training kitchen and fully equipped sensory facility.

24 hours a day shared support; including night support.

1:1 support for specific support to compliment individual assessed needs if required.

Promotion of communication for users with autism and or communication needs. We promote use of pictorial aids, communication passports, audio communication systems and where required will involve speech and language therapist.

Our aim is to decrease 1:1 support hours as skills develop and greater independence is gained

Alison Fraser Service Manager at Berkeley House has NVQ levels 3,4 & 5 in Social Care and the ILM Level 5 in Management & Leadership, her experience is varied including adults with learning disabilities, behaviours that challenge, mental health and physical disabilities. Alison has over 25 years’ experience, supporting people in their own homes as well as in residential settings; for the past 7 years Alison has been the Registered Service Manager at Berkeley House.

The staff team have or are working towards NVQ 3 or above in social care; the team receive mandatory training including fire, first aid and moving and handling as well as service specific training including autism, diabetes and positive behaviour support to enable them to support those that live in the homes. They are an established experienced team with the skills to support individuals to work towards and to reach their goals.

“I really want you to communicate to all the staff in the Granary that I think they are doing a superb job with M. I have never seen him more happy, relaxed and confident.”

“I spent Saturday with M at his birthday party at the family home…in the past I have seen him in similar situations where he has attached himself to a safe person for the duration of the event…On Saturday, he was a confident ‘party animal’. He circulated amongst his guests, joining one group after another…a very different young man. Well done to all your staff.”

Social Worker who previously worked with Service User

Staff respected people in the way they addressed them and helped them to move around the service. We saw several instances of a kindly touch or a joke and conversation as drinks or the lunch was served and at other times during the day. Staff were knowledgeable about the needs and requirements of people using the service.

Staff involved people in planning their own care in formats that they were able to understand, for example pictorial formats. Staff supported them in making arrangements to meet their health needs.

Care Quality Commission report, 2016

Berkeley House enjoy catching up with old friends at their summer picnic

Berkeley House, our residential service in Teynham held a picnic last week to raise money for YoungMinds.

Berkeley House sports day is triumphant 

Berkeley House, our residential service in Teynham recently held a sports day for the people we support.

From Berkeley to Blue Cottage: Dreams do come true

Shaun recently moved into our new Blue Cottage supported living service. Shaun’s Mum, Pat was delighted this weekend when he said ‘Dreams do come true mum! I’m at last in the right place. I’ve waited all my life for this.’

Karen from Berkeley House celebrates in style!

​Read how Karen celebrated her birthday in style!

Our Kent services got together for a cracker of a Christmas party

A Christmas party for a group of local people with learning difficulties and mental health problems went with a real swing at Teynham Village Hall near Sittingbourne in Kent yesterday.



Investors in People Gold tea party celebrations at Berkeley House

We were delighted to learn that we have been awarded the prestigious Gold Investors In People standard and decided to celebrate by holding a company-wide ‘Gold Tea Party’ in all of our Regard services on 30th September.



Regard/ACH conference award - Outstanding Service Manager - Alison Fraser, Berkeley House

Reason for nomination: For everything Alison has done in the region – interim LM, covering / assisting at Rhyme, finding solutions for JE,



Residential living in Kent at Berkeley House

Our specialist residential care service for adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs in the Kent countryside near Sittingbourne has two vacancies available for two adults to live independently.



Contact Berkeley House


  • Lynsted Lane, Lynsted, Kent, ME9 0RL
  • 01795 522 540
  • 07885 998 246, 07885 998 286, On Call 07885 998 285
  • berkeley@regard.co.uk
  • 01795 520 430
  • Manager: Alison Fraser
  • Locality Manager: Victoria Hodgson

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