Glebe Farms location was selected specifically to take into account the anticipated needs of the people who will use the service. It was necessary to ensure easy access to other relevant facilities and the local community, whilst taking into account the need for privacy and for the building not to stand out as a specialist facility but to blend in as a part of the local community.
Glebe Farm, set in 5 ½ acres of peaceful farmland, is located near Huntingdon, in Upton nestled in the Cambridgeshire countryside, yet close enough to the main population centres to be able to take advantage of the varied community facilities located there. The house will operate several cars for the people we support to use to access the community, or people can bring their own vehicle of they prefer.
Upton, Cambridgeshire, PE28 5YE
The new service will be called Glebe Farm, and it is located in a beautiful countryside location, specifically selected for the peace and calming atmosphere, whilst being close at hand to local community facilities. It became apparent that there is a potential need in the area for a service working along similar lines to the Decoy Farm model. It appears that in recent years there have been a number of adults with a learning disability and complex needs ready to leave hospital accommodation but were unable to be accommodated close to family members in Cambridgeshire as there was insufficient specialist provision of this quality and expertise in county.
Following the scandal at the Winterbourne View care centre, Local Authorities now have a duty to prevent people in the greatest need being placed out of county. We hope that this facility will assist a number of people placed in specialist provisions out of county who would benefit from returning to the Cambridgeshire area.
Many of the people we expect to support at Glebe Farm are likely to have very complex needs and behaviour that may challenge. We intend to provide support for people that have been previously detained under the Mental Health Act, and those that may be discharged from hospital on a Community Treatment Order or Guardianship Order. The people we are expecting to support may require a higher degree of support than available in standard residential services, but will still have the opportunity for appropriate involvement in the community.
At Glebe Farm, we will employ both Learning Disability and Mental Health nurses with the knowledge and skills to provide extensive support for the people who live with us and to the support staff. Glebe Farm will provide a high quality living environment where the people we support can remain for as long as their needs are being met. This means that we will encourage people to move on as and if appropriate for them.
It is planned that Glebe Farm will provide accommodation for people with varying levels of need or ability in individual self-contained apartments comprising bedroom, lounge, kitchenette and bathroom, with additional communal lounge and dining facilities which can be used in addition as required. This level of accommodation is well suited to people who require “their own space” and may find excessive interaction with others distressing, they have all the benefits of their own “flat” whilst receiving full support as and when they need it in a safe and secure environment, with the option to socialise with others should people chose to.
We often don’t work to a set menu, instead we provide individual meals according to people’s choices on the day.
The kitchens and dining rooms are always a hive of activity and we always encourage people to be part of this. All our homes have a kitchen that is fully equipped to be used by the people we support with appropriate support from staff for people to be able to make or help to make, their own meals in their own way.
We take training and cleanliness very seriously and all the staff who assist with food preparation have achieved their food standard qualifications. We serve three main meals a day interspersed with snacks as and when people wish. Everyone always has a choice when it comes to meal times and the staff will always assist the people we support to prepare the meal of their choice (according to specialist dietary requirements and within the bounds of what is appropriate). We can cater for individual food requirements and special dietary needs. Meal times always create a buzz around the services and the kitchens and dining rooms are always a hive of activity.