Walnuts Care

To provide a range of support services for local families and for those affected by social, communication and interaction difficulties.

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There are times when the parents of children with Autism worry. They might need help at weekends, some dread the school holidays and many have concerns about what will happen when their son or daughter leaves school.

Walnuts Care Ltd. (WCL) was set-up in response to parents’ requests over many years. With a former association to The Walnuts School, a community, residential Special School in Milton Keynes for young people on the Autistic Spectrum the company was established in 2011, to develop services that could help meet a local and growing need. It is now totally independent of the school.

 

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Established in 2011

Walnuts Care Ltd. (WCL) was formed in 2011 and was established solely in response to parents’ requests over many years. The not-for-profit company was set up in order to develop services that could help meet local need, and staff have significant experience of working with children and young adults on the autistic spectrum, many of whom have complex and challenging needs.

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Adult Services

For those who are aged 18-25. Local alternatives for young people on the Autistic spectrum who have reached school-leaving age are limited. Walnuts Care and Milton Keynes College of Further Education have worked in conjunction to create Walnuts College, which is a provision for school leavers who cannot access mainstream College. Our learners work towards accredited qualifications that combine independence, living skills and, for some, the world of work. Milton Keynes Council has recognised the need for Walnuts College and it is they who commission the service.

NB : Since September 2016, Walnuts College has supported young adults who attend via Social Care &/or Health, in addition to those who come to us via Education. For these young people support can potentially be offered until the age of 25.

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Children's Services

For those who are aged 6-18. In order to address the current shortage of suitable provision, WCL provides 1:1 (or 2:1) personalised respite care which can be accessed at weekends, evenings &/or holiday times. Care involves community sessions, accessing local clubs and facilities or spending time together in the family home. Referrals for the service are received from the Children with Disabilities Team and the service is registered as a domiciliary care agency by the Care Quality Commission, although WCL does not provide personal care. Walnuts Care was rated as Outstanding in its CQC Inspection of May 2018.

Testimonials

My child is most definitely at the centre of their care. " The service was extremely responsive to changes in people's care and support needs and amended the support people were given when required
Parent
"As far as assessments go, I'm happy with the written plans and what they say about where he can go to the next level - I'm more than happy with that."
Parent
They make every effort they can to understand what my child says. They're always listening and prompting them and they use PECS which we've also got at home." We saw that every member of staff carried a small pack of the PECS pictures.
Parent

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WCL has the following, simple objective :

To provide a range of support services for local families and for those affected by social, communication and interaction difficulties.

WCL is a not-for-profit company that is limited by guarantee. The company is also a registered charity.

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To provide a range of support services for local families and for those affected by social, communication and interaction difficulties.

The Watling Way Centre, Galley Hill Education Centre, Galley Hill, Milton Keynes, MK11 1PA.

Registered Charity, Charity number: 1144589. Find out more here.

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