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Oaklands


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

Details of vacancy: None

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 annex. 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 annex offers three en-suite rooms with a shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom. As it has its own separate front door and garden the annex can offer supportive services separately from the main house. Both the main building and the annex 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 separate chalet at the bottom of the garden, which is a ‘next-step’ for a more independent life. This is solely occupied and with its own entrance and garden, it offers a community based feel.

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 has been working for Regard for 5 years and has developed in her career to Service Manager. Vikki has extensive knowledge of the health and social care sector with a mixture of experiences in residential and supported living services. Vikki has a level 5 qualification in health and social care management, and has a real passion for supporting individuals to become the best they can be. Vikki said “I am currently managing the 2 sites in Wisbech; and within both services I have a very supportive team and everyone works hard to support the individuals within our care”. The focus of the services is developing independence and empowering individuals to make their own choices and live their lives how they want to live them.

Healthy eating plans are put into practise at Oaklands

The people we support at Oaklands recently enjoyed a Healthy Eating workshop, and ever since, have been putting what they have learned into practise.

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
  • Service Manager: Vikki Thorndon
  • Locality Manager: Dean Gorringe

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