Our semi-independent homes are ordinary domestic houses; they do not stand out as being different from other houses in the area.
Our accommodation for young people offers a structured, supportive and nurturing environment where they have the opportunity to reflect on their past, come to terms with their current situation and make positive plans for their future.
They are ideally located; close to shops, schools, doctors and dentist practices, together with a large range of local services for young people with numerous opportunities for leisure activities. In addition, our homes are located in areas with excellent road and public transport links with main line railway stations nearby.
From the inside, they are comfortably furnished to create a warm homely feel and have private meeting rooms where young people can meet with their parents and professionals.
Young people are encouraged to personalise their rooms when they move in so as to make them their own and to have friends and family visit them where this is appropriate.
Our new semi-independent home near Canterbury city centre accommodates a maximum of four people and is staffed 24 hours a day to allow for support to be given at a time that suits the young person.
Each young person has their own fully furnished bedroom, TV and DVD. There is a well-equipped shared lounge with a large television and wi-fi throughout.
The home is decorated and furnished beautifully and to a high standard and our kitchen has white goods and lockable food cupboards for all. For safety and security there is a fire alarm system and security cameras on all entrances to the property.
Willow House is a semi-detached two-storey home which consists of a brightly decorated lounge, fully functional fitted kitchen, four young people’s bedrooms (which can be tailored to the young person’s personal taste) and a staff sleep-in room. There is a shared shower room with internal locking mechanisms to promote privacy. Cooking and washing facilities are accessible to all young people resident in the home. Residents are given the opportunity to choose colour schemes for their bedroom once settled and the furniture is regularly checked and maintained. There are communal areas including a lounge and an office for young people to meet family and professionals in private. Willow House residents can also socialise in the garden area to the rear.
About the location
Willow House is situated within a 10-minute walk of Canterbury city centre.
There are good transport links with two mainline stations within a 15-minute walk of the home. There is access to a national bus service from the town centre.
There are several local colleges within walking distance and young people are supported to access education as independently as possible to ensure they enjoy life and achieve.
Most main denominations and their respective places of worship are within easy access of Willow House. Canterbury’s hospital and minor injuries unit is situated on the outskirts of the city centre and is easily accessible.
There is also a large range of activities promoted via access to the local sports and leisure centres where young people can develop their own interests and hobbies.
Canterbury has a population of around 150,000 and enjoys a thriving town centre, with leading high street retailers, a cinema and plenty of unique cafes and little hideaways. The city centre is a popular tourist attraction and is famous for its cathedral. It has two well known theatres that are available to all.
There are various public leisure facilities close by as well as swimming pools and a bowling alley.
To enquire about placements in Willow House please call 0203 137 2378 during office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to arrange a visit. For emergency placements out of hours please call 07484 929348.