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.


Our person centred approach places the person at the heart of everything that we do. We recognise that people with autistic spectrum conditions may display behaviours which can challenge traditional service provision. We believe that behaviour is a form of communication and in conjunction with Positive Behaviour Support practitioners we support the person to develop communication strategies that increase their desired outcomes without the perceived negative behavioural challenges.

Our team is trained to understand challenging behaviour and uses a menu of interventions including; positive engagement, distraction, de-escalation and in extreme circumstances to prevent harm to the supported person, staff or member of the public, physical intervention techniques.

We always seek to find new ways of understanding the views of those who live here and support people communication difficulties to also express themselves and will tailor individualised communication methods to best meet the needs of that person.

Our strategy of 'Life Long Learning' encourages people (staff and residents) sharing our community to access educational training courses and vocational training so that they have, in the case of residents, an opportunity to secure paid employment if they choose and to live life more independently. A Specialist Placement Manager advises and trains staff to create bespoke packages for individuals.

Activities and education

Staff are supported to enable people achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life according to their identified needs and preferences through person centred planning, 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, the extensive grounds, the surrounding amenities and the nearby town of Reading, which offers excellent facilities for leisure, recreation and social activities.

We are constantly reviewing the activities that people can take part in both on site and within the local community; activities include swimming, bowling, golf, personal shopping trips (we prefer to use local shops so people can become active members of their community) and attending local educational and vocational colleges.

We also acknowledge that peoples needs change through time and strive to adapt our training, support and environment to meet those needs.

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