Many of you will remember the Style Acre residential home for people with learning difficulties, located at the top end of our village. The home closed in 2004 when the charity sold it and purchased ordinary houses in local towns and villages so that people could live with their friends, and within easy reach of the Style Acre Day Centre and local community facilities.
Today, Style Acre provides a wide range of support for people with learning disabilities in our region. This includes supported living in 26 homes throughout South Oxfordshire, day services in Crowmarsh Gifford and Didcot, community activities, work and volunteering opportunities. The day opportunities at Crowmarsh range from yoga, cooking, arts and crafts to music, sensory support and computer rooms. Off-site activities like horse riding, bingo, swimming and day trips are also organised. Our second day service, T2, a support and drop-in centre for individuals with milder learning disabilities, opened last year in Didcot. T2 has enabled ‘hard to reach’ vulnerable people in our communities to receive much needed support, in order to help them gain skills and access to meaningful employment. Style Acre day services combined now support over 100 people.
Style Acre takes a person-centred approach, with a commitment to empowering people with learning disabilities to make their own decisions about the lives they want to lead and to help them reach their full potential. Our Information Technology project, for example, assesses the communication ability of all the people we support, to provide them with appropriate technology that will enhance their communication and thus, their independence. We have funded two enterprises: the Tea Room at Savages in Blewbury, and the charity shop in Wallingford, both providing valuable work experience. The charity is fortunate to have the support of a number of companies in the area, where a few opportunities have led to paid employment.
Style Acre is unique in that it still retains the friendly, family approach from the Brightwell days, ensuring people continue to feel known as individuals as well as a part of the Style Acre family, which forms a vibrant part of the local community. Its ethos resonates with the people it supports and their families, who continue to choose Style Acre and recommend the charity to other families.
If you would like to help in any way or find out more about the Style Acre Family, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01491838760.
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