The Willows is a residential home for adults who have learning disabilities and complex needs, including behaviours that may challenge, autism and other associated issues.
The Willows is a handsome, well-proportioned Victorian house located in the heart of Warminster. It provides generous accommodation for up to ten people over three floors and is situated in beautiful, private landscaped gardens.
We believe that anyone living at The Willows should have the same care and opportunities as they would in their own home. That’s why we recognise, respect and support individuality, encouraging people to take as much control of their lives and decision making as they can, while offering care, support and guidance.
Our specialist team are experts in person-centred assistance and our range of services and strategies can help individuals to manage complex behaviours effectively.
All staff working at the service undertake accredited Positive Behaviour Support training.
Support at The Willows is precisely tailored to the needs and wishes of the individual. We try to achieve not only what is important for someone but also what is important to him or her. This holistic approach is very person-centred and promotes positive outcomes and development of skills for life and leisure.
We work with individuals, and those significant in their lives, to set - and achieve - short, medium, and long term goals. These change over time, so our support plans are regularly reviewed and updated as necessary.
"It's a joy to work with a fantastic team for the benefit and well-being of their residents. Congratulations on everything and the quality of the services offered. A place where private life is beautifully combined with the attention and care given by well-trained people."
Our techniques include:
- Structured and robust behavioural management
- Positive behaviour support for complex behaviour
- Intensive but not risk averse support plans
- Encouragement of independence
- Total communication to ensure everyone actively participates in planned care
- Continuous assessment and review to ensure a responsive service
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Location and contacts
Autonomy Life Limited - The Willows, 72 Boreham Road, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9JN.
Tel: 01985 215757 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meet the Interim Service Manager: Nick Rickwood
Nick started as a Support Worker supporting adults with learning disabilities in 1992 . He then developed his knowledge and practice by qualifying as a Drama Therapist, before then qualifying as an Adult Teacher to support staff and staff teams development.
In 2003, Nick progressed into the role of a Registered Manager for Somerset County Council, where he remained for 14 years, managing residential, supported living, domiciliary care, and day support services.
Nick has an additional 4 years experience of directly supporting managers and their services through more senior management roles and for 2 ½ years he supported the Royal Air Force Association Charity by managing one of their registered hotel services for Veterans.
In his long career, Nick has successfully worked with individuals, their families, community partners and other agencies/services to design and deliver individualised and highly qualitative, outcome-based services, that places the individual at the heart of their services and local community, and in control of their own lives.