Situated at Tokers Green, Reading, The Maples is a centre for the support and development of people with autism. We provide accommodation and support for adults, aged 18+, who are on the autism spectrum or show behaviours that indicate autism. We also support people with epilepsy, and individuals with complex needs who might challenge alternative services. Staff are trained to help service users achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life, and we respect each person's right to individual choice, dignity, independence and fulfilment. The Maples is a service within The Disabilities Trust's Autism services.
Our person centred approach places service users at the heart of everything that we do. We recognise that people with autistic spectrum conditions often behave in ways which challenge traditional service provision. This is often a way of someone communicating frustration, anxiety, pain or needs. Our highly experienced therapeutic team is trained to manage challenging behaviour by using a variety of interventions including de-escalation and intervention techniques thus enabling service users to communicate their needs and feelings in a non-threatening environment. We always seek to find new ways of understanding the views of those who have communication difficulties and will tailor individualised communication methods to best meet the needs of that person.
Facilities and environment
Set in six acres of attractive grounds, The Maples provides supported living accommodation and independent studio apartments to sixteen adults with autism and Asperger syndrome.
"The Foxes" and "Badgers" are the latest addition to The Maples. These are eight purpose-built, new studio apartments that promote independent living skills. All have:
The property has a large garden which provides ample seating areas, a trampoline, an arbour and a sensory woodlands. Service users can also enjoy participating in ball games, barbecues and open days. Other communal spaces include well-equipped kitchens, a variety of lounges and dining rooms, an IT room with specially adapted equipment, and a launderette for residents' use. The service has plenty of space for privacy.
The 'Red Kites' is an eight-bedroom home for people who require additional support. It has:
Our person centred approach places service users at the heart of everything that we do."
The home is within easy reach of the M4. The local town of Reading provides frequent rail links to London and the rest of the UK and there is a local bus service a short walk away from the centre. The Maples has its own transport facilities, which are available for the use of residents. We also have four community-based houses within the local areas: two in nearby Sonning Common, one in Caversham and one in Maidenhead, each housing up to three adults on the autistic spectrum.
These include course that are accredited by educational institutions or are recognised qualifications such as QCF and GCSE equivalent. There are also opportunities to take up apprenticeships with local businesses. The curriculum includes functional skills, employability and life skills with a focus on teamwork, assisting with social inclusion and community integration.
As well as being fully compliant with Care Quality Commission standards, our corporate Quality Assurance Department oversees a regular external inspection and ad-hoc visits set against the CQC's own quality outcomes. This ensures that standards are maintained and built upon regularly. The inspections and audits include seeking feedback from all stakeholders, including service users, families, and local authorities. Our quality report outcomes are also published annually.
Here is a link to our Easy Read service brochure for The Maples.