About this service
Ashford Lodge is in the picturesque village of Chilham, just 7 miles from Canterbury. There are two lounges and a dining room with easy access to the garden, as well as a modern kitchen in which service users are encouraged to engage in one-to-one independent living skills sessions. The service also has ground floor toilet facilities and a fully equipped laundry where service users are able to participate in managing their laundry, supported by staff.
The main house has eight en-suite rooms over three floors - one on the ground floor, five on the first floor and two on the top floor, one of which has a lounge and kitchenette area. A detached annex in the grounds provides a self-contained kitchen, lounge, bedroom and bathroom, with its own garden. The main garden includes seasonal planting, a sensory/activity room and garden games.
The main house has eight en suite rooms set over three floors – one on the ground floor, five on the first floor and two open plan, en suite studios on the second floor, which have kitchen, lounge and bedroom areas. A detached annexe in the grounds provides a self-contained kitchen, lounge, bedroom and has its own garden. The main garden includes a vegetable patch, where service users are supported to grow herbs and vegetables for use in cooking. A sensory/activity room is also located in the garden.
What we offer
Each service user has an individual activity plan tailored around their likes and dislikes, to ensure that they participate in meaningful activities. In-house activities include cookery, creative arts, games and puzzles, pamper sessions and visits by an aromatherapist.
Service users are able to participate in life skills and music courses at local colleges as well as trampolining, swimming, gym sessions, cinema visits and ten pin bowling and going to church. They also enjoy going on local walks, personal shopping trips, eating out and having their own input into their environment.
Service users are able to take part in life skills, music and other courses at Harrington College and in life skills courses at Ashford College. We also support other service users to attend centres taking part in courses including ASDAN’S Working Towards Independence courses and cookery, animal care and computer courses. Other activities include trampolining, a charity garden project, hydrotherapy and day visits to Harbledown and Elham Valley, a working vineyard, where one service user is involved in pottery classes.
Service users enjoy local walks, eating out, going on personal shopping trips and attending a monthly disco in Folkestone.
Meet the team
Janine Ross is the Manager at Ashford Lodge and has over 25 years experience in the Health and Social Care field and holds the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services. Janine is supported by a highly experienced and motivated team with many combined years between them in supporting people and have completed additional specialist training in areas such as Autism, Epilepsy and Downs Syndrome.
ABBA Tribute to celebrate life of Ashford Lodge’s Mark Watts
The life of a Mark, has been celebrated by family and the friends with an Abba-themed party in his honour.