Holder House is located on the outskirts of Abingdon. It was renovated to a high standard by Richmond Fellowship to replace The Knowl in April 2019.
The house contains 14 en-suite furnished residents rooms, 3 kitchens, laundry room, dining room and communal lounge and activity room. There is also an extensive garden which residents can use for recreation and relaxation and residents are encouraged to get involved in gardening activities.
Resident: “A Big thank you to all for helping me out and always there to chat. I feel I can now go back to day to day life”
How we help
We are dedicated to help support individuals with their recovery and to develop greater levels of independence. But, we recognise that this is a very individual process and therefore support plans are tailored to an individual’s needs.
The length of time people who use the service depends on the needs and progress of the individual – but as a rough guide we aim to help people move on to more independent accommodation within 2 to 3 years.
Staff provide information, guidance and support to access local services and assistance in looking at the following options:
• developing independent living skills such as budgeting, cooking and leading a healthy lifestyle
• developing self management and coping strategies
• support to find jobs, volunteer work and educational opportunities
• help with benefits information and applications
• all people we support are encouraged to make use of a wide variety of local community resources ranging from leisure, cultural, religious and sports facilities such as local places of worship, swimming and cinema.
We liaise closely with acute and community mental health professionals to ensure our residents receive appropriate clinical support when needed.
We encourage residents to get involved in the local community and visitors are welcome.
Who we can help
We support individuals over 18 years old with severe and enduring mental ill health.
Referrals are normally made via a Social Worker or a Mental Health professional such as a Psychiatrist or Psychiatric nurse.
Placements are usually funded by Local Authorities or joint funded with Health on a spot purchase basis.
We do consider privately funded individuals but they will need to come with a social needs assessment and risk assessment.
We make a priority for Oxfordshire referrals but do accept external to the area referrals should we have the capacity.
What we achieve
People who use our service will be supported by staff in putting together a support plan which will state what the individual’s goals and needs are and how these are going to be met.
The support plan will address the individual’s future, health, daily living, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs/goals. In doing so we have enabled individuals to move to more independent living accommodation; sustain work and volunteer placements; access educational or training activities and to become more involved in the wider community.
Our CQC rating
At the heart of everything we do lies:
- Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
- Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
- Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
- Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.