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Oaklands


Specialism: Adults with learning disabilities/young adults in transition.

Details of vacancy: There are currently no vacancies at Oaklands.

Age range: 20 years +

Current Profile of Service: Walsoken has its own shops and post office and is only a short distance from the centre of Wisbech, an attractive Georgian market town and inland port with easy access to nearby King’s Lynn and Peterborough. There is an excellent bus service two minutes’ walk away from the property.

Focus of Service: The tenants at Oaklands are encouraged to pursue a wide range of activities which include attending adult education courses at local colleges in King’s Lynn and Wisbech including Access into the Workforce, cookery and evening classes in a range of subjects e.g. sports and pottery. They are also involved with The Princes Trust and participate in many community activities such as playing snooker at a local club, accessing a gym in Wisbech, cinema visits, playing cricket, bike rides, fishing and swimming.

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Oaklands is a large period property that has been recently refurbished; it has good-sized rooms with bedrooms in the main house and a completely self-contained annexe. The main house has three en-suite rooms, including a ground floor room with an en suite wet room for individuals who may have a physical disability, a room with an adjacent separate bathroom and a self contained bedsit on the first floor. It has a spacious kitchen and lounge with doors opening on to a large garden. The self contained annexe offers three en-suite rooms with a shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom. There is also a guest bedroom for visitors. As it has its own separate front door and garden the annexe can offer supportive services separately from the main house. Both the main building and the annexe have large double doors which open on to large gardens which are used for games and tenants are encouraged to be more self-sufficient by getting involved in growing their own vegetables. There is a small gym/games room in a separate building at the bottom of the garden and ample parking at the front of both buildings.

Develop a person-centred plan of support that emphasises the tenant’s involvement and inclusion. Assist tenants to develop basic life skills such as shopping, cooking meals, household cleaning, laundry and gardening, as well as other skills that benefit the individual. Assist tenants to use community resources such as libraries, cafes, sports clubs, pubs, cinemas. Support tenants to attend college, find supported employment and take part in other meaningful daytime activities so they can develop and maintain new skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Ensure that all tenants’ health needs are met in full with access to local practitioners and provide an environment that is safe but ensures that tenants have autonomy over their lives. Encourage tenants to participate in a full range of social activities and to acquire, where necessary, the appropriate social skills and behaviours in such an environment. To ensure that tenants’ views are sought through meetings and other appropriate means.

Vikki Fysh, the Team Leader at West Street and Oaklands has 11.5 years of experience working with adults with mental health issues and/or learning difficulties. She has vast experience of working with challenging behaviours. Gemma has an NVQ level 3 in Social Care and various other qualifications specific to her role including an IDL qualification in Managing People in the Workplace. Gemma has gained a variety of skills which enable her to manage a person centred service for all living at Sail Close and Oaklands.

Between both homes, the 27 strong team, excluding Gemma, have over 100 years of experience of working in this field. Many have worked for the company for 5+years. Most staff have their NVQ 2 or above and have received specialist training in schizophrenia, Autism, Huntingdon’s Disease, Epilepsy, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Sexual Health and Relationships, SCIP and Team Teach as well as a vast array of mandatory training.

Justin at Oaklands is a star baker

Justin, who lives at Oaklands, our supported living service in Wisbech has recently been getting involved in baking.

Stephen from Oaklands becomes more indepedent

​Stephen enjoys learning,swimming, bowling and shopping.

Justin from Oaklands tells his story

​From agoraphobia to baking cakes and disco dancing!

The Regard Awards - The People’s Awards - Winners!

For this quarter of the Regard awards we asked the people we support to nominate staff and teams.



Amber from Oaklands is nominated for a Mental Health Hero’s award

Amber Heighton is a real pioneer when it comes to encouraging people to re-think their attitudes towards mental health.



Contact Oaklands


  • 01945 467 583
  • 07734 538 139
  • wisbech.services@regard.co.uk
  • Manager: Vikki Fysh
  • Locality Manager: Katrina Greff

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