Supporting people with a learning disability and complex needs.
Pepenbury provides residential care, supported accommodation, day services and support for people living independently in the community. We believe that people with a learning disability have the same right to a happy and fulfilled life as everyone else and should be included in all aspects of society.
Who we are
Pepenbury is a well-established charity, based in West Kent, that has been providing care and support for people with a learning disability and complex needs for over 85 years. Our staff also have expertise in working with people who have autism, complex needs, physical disabilities and behaviour which challenges. We seek to ensure that those we support have a good quality of life and recognition as valuable members of society. We welcome people from all across the country to come and live in one of the most beautiful parts of England.
Mission and Values
Our mission is ‘to enhance the independence, potential and quality of life, of adults with learning, physical and other disabilities, through the provision of a stimulating, safe and supportive environment.’
At Pepenbury, we believe that people with a learning disability and complex needs have the right to have choice and control over decisions that affect their lives. They have a right to live as independently as they are able; with opportunities for personal growth and development, a rich social life and the chance to enjoy personal relationships.
We believe everyone has the right to feel safe, to be supported in positive risk taking and to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. We do this by providing individual, person-centred care and support delivered by a specially trained, dedicated and experienced staff team.
Originally known as ‘Larkfield Hall’, Pepenbury was founded in 1927 at Larkfield near Maidstone, as a home for young people with learning disabilities. In 1972, we moved to Cornford Lane, Pembury, and registered as a permanent residential home for people with learning disabilities.
In 2014 Pepenbury merged with Erith-based Hill Park Autistic Trust Ltd which supports people on the autistic spectrum by providing residential care and one-to-one support in the community. The company is now known as Larkfield with Hill Park Autistic Trust Ltd. However, all services continue to trade under the name of Pepenbury, including those in the London Borough of Bexley.
Care and Support Services
Today, Pepenbury provides a broad range of accommodation options, including full-time residential care, supported accommodation and support for people living independently in the community.
Pepenbury’s main site, just outside Tunbridge Wells, supports a community of around 70 people, living in 10 houses, set in 100 acres of beautiful, unspoiled countryside. However, many more people live in residential care or supported accommodation throughout the towns and villages of West Kent. Pepenbury also manages Frank House in Erith, which supports six able autistic people, and an active supported living outreach service.
Leisure and Learning
We believe that people should lead active and stimulating lives that match their abilities and interests. Everyone we support has the opportunity to take part in a wide range of daytime activities including arts and pottery, IT, catering, gardening and horticulture, daily living skills and the care of small animals. Many take part just for enjoyment and a chance to mix with others, whilst some pursue their interests further and study for a range of City & Guild accredited training programmes.
Support in the Community
Pepenbury’s community outreach service, MOST, provides one-to-one support for those living in supported accommodation or in their own homes. MOST support workers can help people with shopping, cooking, paying household bills and doing the housework. Others choose to use their support to attend appointments, go to the cinema, take advantage of what is on offer in their local community or to meet up with friends.
Pepenbury can provide the level of support that each person wants and needs in order to help them lead independent and rewarding lives.
Pepenbury welcomes visitors; both those who want to find out more about the care and support services we offer, and local people who want to enjoy our woodland walk, small animal farm, outdoor gym and coffee shop.
Please come along and find out what makes Pepenbury such a unique and inspiring place.