Project Description

Brook House

A spacious home from home

Brook House is a four bedroom detached house, in a semi-rural area close to amenities and leisure and recreational activities, which has been specifically adapted to suit the needs of a children’s home, for the accommodation of three young people of both sex between the ages of 7 and 17 years old on admission. The accommodation is decorated to a high standard, which is conducive to providing a friendly and homely atmosphere.

The home has three young people’s bedrooms, a staff sleep in and a family bathroom upstairs. We recognise the importance of the need for both companionship and privacy. We have one large lounge, which is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. The home has a dining area where the young people can benefit from the family experiences that are had when eating a meal. The home has a fully fitted kitchen, with all the modern appliances and a conservatory. Downstairs there is also a utility room and toilet and snug area.

The young people are encouraged to have some input into the continued maintaining of the home We believe in involving all of the young people with any project that is to be completed within the home. The rationale behind this is to give a sense of belonging and commitment to the home.

Each of the young person’s bedrooms is warm and bright and we encourage all those who come and live with us to bring their own personal possessions so as to make their bedroom feel their own and we encourage this through personalisation upon arrival where each young person is given a room budget, this is to promote the young people taking ownership of their surroundings. We provide a TV in each bedroom.

Outside there is a large Garden and a parking area for vehicles.

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There is a bathroom with a bath and shower combined on this floor.  There is a large living dining room, with a dining area.  On the ground floor is also a wc, kitchen and utility room.  Young people can meet privately with their visitors and there is also space available for private activities, play recreation amenities eg, television, video and music centres, which is connected to a small conservatory which is also a second office.

Ofsted Good Rating
Kathy Forshaw | New Horizons (NW) Residential Child Care North West

Kathy Forshaw


Kathy has over 25 years’ experience of working in various residential care settings such as residential special schools and children’s homes both local authority and private organisations, with a variety of complex needs and challenges.

Kathy is very passionate about her role and has a desire for children to succeed in all they set out to do, she is a welcoming person who enjoys helping and supporting others.

Kathy has all the relevant training, CSE/CE, Safeguarding, Team Teach, Attachment Disorders, Radicalisation, Gangs/County Lines, First Aid and many more relevant topics in assisting young people.

Kathy states “The best part of supporting our children is getting an opportunity to provide a caring, nurturing and safe environment for everyone”.

In Kathy’s spare time she enjoys the outdoors and goes away in her motorhome most weekends, she likes dogs and hopes to have another one soon and has been known to do the odd bicycle adventure!

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