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The Orchard is a bespoke purpose designed bungalow which is situated in the picturesque village of Hawkeridge on the outskirts of Westbury. The property is set on the edge of the village accessed by a quiet lane. 

There are front and rear enclosed gardens to enjoy at the property; the rear benefitting from being an all-weather surface. 

We believe that anyone living at The Orchard should have the same care and opportunities that they would have in their own home; thats why we recognise, respect and support individuality, encouraging people to take as much control over their own lives as they can; whilst offering care support and guidance to them. 

Our team

The Orchard benefits from a specialist staff team that are experts in supporting young people with complex needs in a holistic person centred way.
Our range of services and strategies can support individuals to manage their complex behaviours effectively using positive behaviour support. 

All staff working at the service undertake accredited Positive Behaviour Support and Positive Behaviour Management Pro Training.

Individualised support

Support at The Orchard is tailored to meet the needs and wishes of the young person using a holistic person centred, multidisciplinary approach; working to achieve outcomes that are important both; to and for the person.

We work with the young person; and those significant in their lives to set and achieve short, medium and long term goals. As these change over time we review and update our support plans regularly as the young person grows and develops. 


"Recently relocated from Cornwall to come and work for Autonomy Plus, currently a Senior working at The Orchard. This is a lovely home environment to be working in, coming from the initial stages of this being a new bespoke service and setting this up is exciting to see how fast the young service user has progressed and the potential for the future."

Team member

"Taking part in changing lives and outcomes for young people is something I enjoy, actually being here from the start is even more exciting. Everyone has been really welcoming and the atmosphere is very friendly. The home is situated in a quiet little village which is great and the home has a calming feel about it and I am excited to be here."

Team member

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Our techniques include:

  • Structured and robust positive behaviour support management
  • Positive behaviour Management Pro support for all staff
  • Positive risk taking approach to supporting people to grow and develop
  • Encouragement of life skills and personal development 
  • Continuous assessment and review to ensure a responsive service is delivered.

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Location and contacts

Autonomy Plus Limited - The Orchard, 25A Hawkeridge, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4LA.
Tel: 01373 822927 email: 

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    Denise Sparks

    Meet the Registered Manager: Denise Sparks

    Denise began working in a Special Residential School in Dorset with children and young people with Autism and associated learning difficulties in 1998. Initially working as a support worker and then progressing to care manager before leaving in 2016. Over that time she gained her Level 3, Level 4 with Children and Young People, PTLLS, Train the Trainer, Autism accredited learning and also completed her knowledge training with PECs, as well as many others.

    In 2016 Denise moved into the role of Registered Manager working with young people with adverse childhood trauma where she stayed for almost 3 years. Over this time she completed 6 modules of her Level 5 award in Leadership and Management to enhance her qualifications, whilst continuing to support young people with Aspergers to successfully move into support living placements within the community.  In 2019, Denise enhanced her experience by moving into the role of Registered Manager with a domiciliary care company nearer to her home and registering with CQC.

    Missing working with young people, at the end of 2019, Denise became Registered Manager for a service in Warminster and more recently took up the appointment of Registered Manager with Autonomy Plus in November 2020. In her new role with the company she has been fundamental in the opening of a new bespoke home working again with young people with Autism.

    Denise is looking forward to the next part of her journey, enabling, empowering and building a successful team and ultimately supporting young people on their journey.

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