The information on this page is designed for service users, their families, carers and friends. It will give you an insight into what we do at Hollyrood, together with an overview of our assessment process. We actively promote the involvement of families, and seek to involve service users in every decision that affects their lives, as well as offering support, education and continuing help to their families, carers and friends.

Life at Hollyrood

The focus of our autism service is to provide an environment that encourages personal development, confidence and independence, and service users are encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of IT and educational packages. Staff members at Hollyrood are selected for their qualifications and experience, their commitment to respecting service users as individuals and their ability to support people to achieve their individual potential and long-term goals.

We support service users to develop their social, vocational and recreational skills and ensure that each person is fully involved in all decisions affecting their lives. We make sure that any complaints are listened to and responded to within given timescales and regularly review and monitor our service to ensure effectiveness and quality.

Activities and Education

Staff are trained to help residents achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life according to their person centred plans, and residents are encouraged to take part in the organisation of events and activities. We offer a wide range of optional activities and events, making full use of in-house facilities and the surrounding amenities and the nearby town of Haywards Heath, which offers excellent facilities for leisure, recreation and social activities.

About autism

Autism is lifelong conditions that can seriously affect a person's communication, use of imagination and social interaction, making the world an uncertain and often frightening place to inhabit. Without the right support, it can have a profound and often disabling effect on individuals and families.

The term 'spectrum' is used because, while and no two people have the same needs, all people with autism share three main areas of difficulty to varying degrees- sometimes referred to as a 'triad' of impairments.

  • Difficulty with social communication
  • Difficulty with social interaction
  • Difficulty with imagination

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