Castle Cary, Somerset

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Weavers Lodge Service sits in the heart of Castle Cary, a pretty market town in the civil parish of South Somerset with a rich history and a winding main street of golden stone.

About the service

The service is centrally located within easy walking distance of the towns shops and services and one mile from the train station that sits on the main Paddington to Penzance railway line. With the Somerset levels to the west and the high ridgeline of Penselwood to the east, Castle Cary sits halfway between the Mendip Hills to the north and Blackmore Vale to the south.

Weavers Lodge delivers 8 large bedrooms, all with ensuite facilities and with access to a range of communal spaces.

6 bedrooms will be for permanent residents and 2 will be for assessment and short-term placement support.

Individualised support

As a service we wish to support individuals with learning disabilities and complex needs, that may also include a dual mental health diagnosis, to enable their successful transition into, and participation within, their local community.

Through person centred, needs led assessment, we aim to see and understand the individuals we support and tailor their support, so they achieve their personal aspirations and generate positive outcomes in respect of the key areas of their lives that are important to them.

We aim to work in partnership with the individual, their families, and key professionals so the person being supported resides at the centre and in control of their own lives.

Short-term placement support

Our short-term placement support service will enable step down transitional support and effective multidisciplinary assessment to enable individuals to move along a pathway to greater independence and community presence.  One of our bedrooms has a securable kitchenette so we can assess and develop the life skills an individual will need to make this move and to move onwards successfully.

This service will also provide crisis support to individuals who need a safe service and the right professional support so they are better understood, support can be tailored to their current and ongoing needs and so they can return home or to a service that understands and can meet their long-term needs.

"Everyone has a need to feel safe, encouraged and valued and we understand that individuals with complex support needs shouldn’t be isolated because of them but rather enabled and supported on a pathway that delivers, for that individual, greater independence, and community inclusion. Our professional assessments and detailed support, delivered through a highly trained and caring staff team, aims to deliver that outcome for everyone who uses our service."

Service Manager

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    Autonomy Life Limited - Weavers Lodge, Florida Street, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7AE
    Tel: 01963 602099  email:

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      Nick Rickwood

      Meet the 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.