Chestnut Rise was first registered as a Children’s Home in December 2008, boasting 3 large bedrooms and situated in between Winns Common and Plumstead Common.
At the front of the home, you are greeted with a small drive and potted flowers. Upon entry to the home, you will find one of three bathrooms, a cosy lounge, a large kitchen-diner and a games area we like to call the ‘Den’. The ‘Den’ takes you to our large south facing garden with a patio area encouraging you to enjoy the warm sun setting late into the evenings overlooking a large lawned area.
The Chestnut Team
The current young people at our home receive 1:1 care from our dedicated staff team.
Staff at Chestnut Rise undertake a program of training which meets the needs of all our young people such as First Aid, Medication Training and Attachment Training to help them be confident and understand how to provide the best quality of care to each young person we care for.
The staff at Chestnut Rise are great at listening and gaining the children and young peoples views, wishes and feelings. They can have 1:1 key work session to help gather their thoughts and feelings which we find very beneficial to the young people as sometimes they find it difficult to talk in groups such as weekly young people’s meeting.
We welcome all ideas from the young people on how they want their home to look like and feel which is recorded in several different ways including “you said, we did” forms.
We feel very fortunate as the home is only twenty minutes by train to the City of London which has lots of opportunities for the young people to enjoy their activities such as The London Eye, The London Aquarium and London Zoo. The young people have been enjoying lots of activities and most recent trips to London Zoo, Thorpe Park and Beach Trips weather permitting.
The home has consistency which has gone above and beyond expectations for A’s benefit. Staff have always been helpful and there has never been an occasion where I’ve have been told no, to one of my many requests for contact or school arrangements.” (Social Worker)
In house activities involve lots of garden games such as Jenga, Dominoes, Football and Swing ball. When the weather is not great, the young people like to play trivia board games and Arts and Crafts. The home has regular movie nights accompanied with a take-away of the young people’s choice and most recent the Great British Bake Off.
The staff team build good links with families and where appropriate support and facilitate contact with parents, grandparents, siblings – sometimes this involves trips to other parts of the country!