Whinney Clough is a detached house set in secluded grounds. The staff and young people refer to the house as “Whinney”. The house has a large garden with a lovely summer house. Whinney is 3 miles from the nearest village, Longridge, and 8 miles from Preston. There are two lounges and a games room, and five bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. There is also a beautiful kitchen as well as an independent flat for the use of those young people who are preparing for more independent living.
Effective implementation of the Safewards for Safe Homes model means that the young people at Whinney Clough are clear regarding the home’s mutual expectations, from supporting the running of the house and playing an active role in their care planning and reviews, through to taking part in house meetings, therefore feeling fully involved in all decisions about the home. The Care in Mind ethos of “no decision about me without me” is well embedded throughout the home and staff interventions, facilitating a collaborative and inclusive approach to care.
All the young people actively participate in the completion of the Mental Health Recovery STAR and have individualised care plans in order to be supported to achieve their own goals and fulfill their potential.
The staff team at Whinney have created a positive, friendly environment to support the young people in their recovery pathway, supported by effective multidisciplinary team working. Activities that the young people can access vary from horse-riding to swimming, breakfast clubs, board games, drives to Preston or Manchester for shopping and scheduled 1:1 time.