Tailored transitions for children and young adults

While Consensus mainly provides support and accommodation for adults, we also have a service in Ipswich (made up of two adjacent homes) which supports children and young adults who have learning disability, autism and complex needs. Belstead Mews supports 14-18 year olds and is Ofsted registered, while Belstead Villa supports young adults aged 18-25 years.

Both services provide a homely supportive environment and offer a high ratio of staff to young people to ensure individuals receive the support and attention they need. The teams work closely with parents as well as local education providers to promote ongoing learning. Overall, these homes enable young people with learning disabilities to experience stability and security while developing their life skills and making the transition to adulthood.

A home from home

Belstead Mews is a six-bed residential service providing a homely, caring setting for children aged 14-18 who have learning disabilities, moderately challenging behaviours and autistic spectrum conditions.

Bright, spacious and comfortable, with a dedicated and experienced team, Belstead Mews provides the security and stability young people need to explore their aims and goals and begin to gain the skills and experience they need to achieve them.

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Enhancing independence for young adults

Adjacent to Belstead Mews, and acting as a potential follow-on service, Belstead Villa supports 18-25 year olds in four self contained flats. Here individuals can develop their life skills and experience greater independence as they prepare to move to adult services.

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Dedicated support to deliver life skills

Katie’s Story – Belstead Mews

Katie* aged 16, moved in to Belstead Mews back in February 2014. Katie is diagnosed with a learning disability, cerebral palsy and has epilepsy. When Katie arrived she struggled with social inclusion and when supported out in the community would approach people she did not know and talk to them in a very loud voice even if she did not know them.

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