Active, meaningful lives

Many people come to live at Hesley Village after long periods of being unsettled and unable to achieve their full potential. For others a move to Hesley Village comes from more settled circumstances but still represents a significant transition, particularly in the context of the multiple and complex needs which characterise the lives of all those we support.

As a first step we seek to help people through this transition to achieve stability and thus provide a firm foundation for each person’s future progress. We have many years’ experience of facilitating and supporting these transitions and achieving stability. We recognise people’s needs, wishes and abilities vary and support people in individualised and flexible ways. Our aim is for everybody to have the best quality of life possible.

We place a strong emphasis on people having meaningful and active lives. We take full advantage of being part of our local community and the activities and opportunities this offers. Arts and crafts, horticulture, cooking and other activities are available on site, as well as a cinema, function room, hairdresser and beautician, grocery shop, post office and cash machine. The local Doncaster bus stops at Hesley Village.

All these activities support and enable people's progress, through equipping them with the skills for the next step in their individual journey and for accessing the broader community.

The whole process of supporting active and meaningful lives in Hesley Village has been greatly enhanced by the development of the Opportunities Team, which comprises a specialist Occupational Therapist, an Occupational Therapy Assistant and a team of facilitators. The latter develop an overall plan of activities, run sessions (including group and outreach sessions in people’s own homes) and bring people in from outside Hesley Village to run time-limited and focused courses. From all of these options our Care Managers can develop individualised timetables for each person who lives in the village.

This service is currently provided throughout each week and sits alongside other individualised, particularly leisure, activities. They link in with the multi-disciplinary (staff and clinical) team, who identify where particular activities may have therapeutic benefit for a particular person. There is a mixture of drop-in activities, for example in the evening, and regular therapeutic activities delivered through the day, both by Hesley Village staff, as well as by external people. These include drama, football skills (with the involvement of Doncaster Rovers) and music.

The Opportunities Team also run special events on a monthly basis. People are supported to enjoy social events and make friends. We aim to extend and develop people’s experiences of the wider community outside of home. Our hope and aim is for people to develop appropriate levels of increasing independence and meaningful social inclusion.