We are no longer taking referrals to our The Maples service, in Tokers Green, Reading for adults with autism. Sadly, after much consideration, we have recently taken the very difficult decision to close the service. This decision, which has not been taken lightly, was based on a number of factors. As a provider, we want to deliver outstanding and enabling services that support best practice guidance; sadly, the condition, layout and location of the building prevents us doing this at The Maples. We are now working with families, funders, and others, to find everyone a suitable new home.
Situated at Tokers Green, Reading, The Maples is a centre for the support and development of people with autism. We provide accommodation for adults aged 18+, who are on the autism spectrum or show behaviours that are consistent with a diagnosis of autism. We also support people with complex needs; including epilepsy, and individuals who might challenge alternative services. Staff are trained to support people to 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.
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 people supported at the service, families, and local authorities. Our quality report outcomes are also published annually.
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