A new centre offering respite services for autistic adults is set to open in Worksop this June.
The £1million development on Sparken Hill has been created by Autism East Midlands specifically to provide short-term accommodation. The service will run year-round to provide autistic individuals with specialist support, while providing their families and carers with a break.
The centre – known as Whitegates – will enable families from Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and Derbyshire the opportunity to book respite care. The respite service can be booked for weeks, weekends or for just one day. The building has been carefully transformed to create six self-contained apartments, where specialist autism-focused and one-to-one support will be provided. The service will cater for each person’s individual needs.
“Whitegates has been carefully designed to meet the specific needs of autistic individuals and their families,” said Matthew Orford, Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
“It will provide a change of scene for autistic individuals and give them a break from their routine. It will also ease the pressure on families and give them a break from their roles as carers and provide the vital support they need.”
Each apartment will have its own lounge area, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. While staying there, individuals will also have access to a shared indoor gym and to the extensive grounds that surround the house. During the renovation of the building, the gardens have also been landscaped and an outdoor gym will be added.
Set within a quiet and peaceful location, Whitegates is within walking distance of Worksop town centre and a five-minute drive from the National Trust’s Clumber Park. Just a short walk away is The Dukeries Centre, an autism-specific day service which is also run by Autism East Midlands. The Dukeries offers structured activities based on individual requirements and interests as well as community-based activities.
Autism East Midlands, which is the largest autism specific charity in the region, is currently recruiting support workers and autism practitioners to join the growing team that will be shaping the new service. For more information, check out the details on www.aem.org.uk.