Lawn Court is a registered care-home providing both long and short-term care for up to 18 people with mental health issues. The building consists of two Victorian terraced houses joined together and overlooks a beautiful park in the sunny coastal resort of Bexhill-on-Sea.
As well as being an accommodation service supporting people who experience mental distress towards the goal of independent living, Lawn Court is also a very active and inspirational sports club. As a sports club the staff at Lawn Court work towards improving the mental wellbeing of residents and members through physical activity and social inclusion.
We fight to reduce stigma around mental health whenever we participate in events and work in conjunction with community football teams from around the country to achieve that goal. As well as general football teams Lawn Court also organises walking football and tennis session and has more info on activities in their Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lawncourtsc.
The service users we work with at Lawn Court attend sports club training sessions and football matches regularly. The sports club has evolved over the years and staff feel it has really boosted the all-round morale of residents, service users and staff alike as well as creating numerous memorable bonding experiences.
Ongoing improvements to the house have led to an extension of the laundry/kitchen areas, and the development of a single bedsit with a kitchen for people who wish to live more independently. A second kitchen, for residents who want to make their own meals or practice cooking skills, has also been provided.
There is a non-smoking TV lounge in a quiet area of the house. Tea and coffee making facilities are available at all times. A cook prepares the daily main meal and residents can prepare snacks and drinks at any time.
Residents’ meetings are held monthly in which decisions are made regarding the running of the house. The staff team consists of a Project Manager, Deputy Project Manager, two Senior Social Care Workers, six Social Care Workers (Day), two Social Care Workers (Night), a cook, and two cleaners.
Each resident agrees a care plan with their Keyworker on the staff team which is tailored to meet their own particular needs.
Help with funding and moving to new housing is available, and staff can also support people living in their own homes.