Together Trust residential children’s home Pocket Nook has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection. The Bolton home, accredited by the National Autistic Society, provides residential care for up to five young people who have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, a physical disability or a learning disability.
Pocket Nook is run by the Together Trust, a leading North West charity which along with specialist education, helps support people with disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health needs through fostering, community and residential care and autism support.
The Ofsted report praised staff, saying: “A totally dedicated manager and staff team are fully committed to providing a warm, caring environment that is a home in its truest sense.
“A stable, experienced and well-trained staff team know well, recognise and understand the feelings and everyday needs of young people who cannot always communicate easily how they feel.”
The report recognises that the young people are happy at Pocket Nook and, true to the Together Trust ethos, “Young people experience a full and fulfilling lifestyle, with disability not recognised as a barrier to integration into community life.”
The report also says: “The home develops strong relationships with parents, carers and other professionals, creating inclusive working partnerships which reflect the team-centred approach taken by the home.”
A family member of one of the young people at Pocket Nook said: “He is the most precious thing we have. We would not entrust his care to anyone else. Staff can read him like a book, they understand his moods, when he is distressed, what he needs. They can anticipate his needs so well.”
The head teacher of a school one of the young people attends added: “The home has a high standard of care. It’s well organised and managed, with a comfortable, homely feel to it when I visit. I deal with a number of children’s homes, this one is the best.”
Carmel Perry, manager at Pocket Nook said: “We are so proud to have maintained our ‘Outstanding’ rating. We feel that the report fully captures what Pocket Nook is all about, our young people are our priority and we are privileged to work in their home. We have a ‘can do’ approach to caring and the progress and achievements of our young people, whether big or small are what truly inspires us.”