Bracken Lodge

Bracken Lodge is a detached, rural property located on the outskirts of Croxton Kerrial on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.

Our Home

Bracken Lodge provides care for a maximum of 3 young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties and associated complex needs. This includes, but is not exclusively limited to; mild learning disabilities, child sexual exploitation risk factors, sexualised behaviours, non-compliance with education, self-harm, aggression and young people engaging in pro-criminal behaviours. Bracken Lodge will look after young people aged between 8 and 17 years. 

Our home is a large family home on its own land with access and parking for sufficient cars, so as to not have an impact on the neighbours. There are adequate bathrooms for the staff and children and with large spacious bedrooms for the young people to enjoy quiet time. There is a large lounge, large kitchen dining area, space for a communal games room and a large garden with off-road parking. The home is furnished and finished to a high standard and we promote the delivery of high-quality properties to encourage the aspirations of young people who will live at Bracken Lodge.

Bracken Lodge is managed by Joy Lees and is registered to care for 3 young people with complex emotional and behavioural needs. The home is detached and is situated in Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire. Croxton Kerrial is a village and civil parish in the Melton borough of Leicestershire, England. It is 6.6 miles (10.6 km) to the south-west of Grantham, 7.9 miles (12.7 km) north-east of Melton Mowbray, and 0.5 miles (0.8 km) west of Leicestershire's boundary with Lincolnshire's, so affording the young people the benefits of rural living, with the proximity of larger towns and cities so multiplying the accessibility to local services and clubs. The civil parish, which includes the hamlet of Branston, had a population of 490 in 2001, increasing to 530 at the 2011 census.

"Joy is able to develop a rapport with the young people and professionals very quickly."

Bracken Lodge Community

There are a wide range of leisure activities and clubs close to the village and in both Grantham and Melton. A local youth club runs twice weekly in the neighbouring towns, catering for different age groups. There are also gyms and local sports clubs include football, rugby, martial arts and tennis clubs in Melton, to keep our young people busy. 

There is a primary school within Croxton Kerrial, which the homes fall within the catchment of and the home falls within the catchment area for Ratcliffe College in Leicester, Longfield Academy which is a secondary school and sixth form and a number of independent schools which specialise in working with young people with emotional and behavioural issues. The Priory and Place both have independent schools within a reasonable commute to Bracken Lodge. The home benefits from the beautiful rural location and is within easy access to Parks and Nature reserves. 

Despite its rural location, Croxton Kerrial has good links with local public transport with a regular bus route and a train station with direct links to Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. The home provides a safe environment in terms of criminal activity and crime rate in the area is minimal which is evidenced by the location risk assessment.

"Joy appears to have a very positive and nurturing management style, she is able to quickly bring situations under control and goes above and beyond to ensure the needs and emotional wellbeing of the children in her care is the focus of any interventions."


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Joy has very good knowledge regarding the needs of the YP’s in her care and manages them as individuals. Joy is firm but fair and the YP I am working with has really respected this level of structure. 

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