Pepenbury has written an Autism strategy alongside KCC’s local strategy and Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives the strategy for Adults in England (Department of Health 2010) and the update in 2014, Think Autism. This is a 5 year plan that is currently being implemented and is a very exciting time for Pepenbury!
Fern is currently undertaking the Autism Accreditation with the National Autistic Society which when completed will kite mark the house as specialists in their field.
Many of the people Pepenbury supports are on the autistic spectrum but we have several residential houses which specialise specifically in autism.
Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways
Fern House is based on the main Pepenbury site at Cornford Lane in Pembury and accommodates six people on the autistic spectrum with severe to moderate learning disabilities and behaviour that can challenge. The house has three staff on duty at all times, one being a Senior Support Worker. A Care Coordinator has overall responsibility for the house and a member of staff sleeps in each night. Additional support is identified for individuals within their care package.
Fern's residents have this view across beautiful Wealden countryside
A detached house situated in Twigg Close, Erith. Frank House is a six-bed registered home providing round the clock care for people on the autistic spectrum. A number of the residents have paid, part-time jobs or volunteer with local organisations.