Living at Newland Hurst

Living at Newland Hurst

There are currently 16 people living at Newland Hurst. The service is registered to support people from the age of 18 – 65 with varying learning disabilities, and some of our residents have lived here since the home opened in 1977. Others are more recent.

If you decided that you would like to live at Newland Hurst, and a vacancy was available, you would be supported to live here in the way that you would like. We would help you to do this by involving you in the planning of your support, along with anyone else who is important to you, such as your family or friends.

This process is called a person centered review, during which we would discuss with you a number of issues which would include;

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  • What is important to you now.

  • What is important to keep you healthy and safe.

  • What we like and admire most about you.

  • What is important to you in the future (Goals or things to achieve).

  • What’s working and what’s not working in your present life, from different perspectives.


Then, using the information that we have gathered, we would help you devise an action plan relating to the support you might need for the coming year. Some examples of this are when people have found local jobs, completed activities that they are passionate about and achieved, or are working towards their goals in life.


The wellbeing of our residents is a top priority of Newland Hurst, and we support this by helping them to connect with each other, the community and their families. Being active is key to this, and many of our residents enjoy sports groups and activities such as horse riding, swimming and athletics.


Having new experiences is also important to support wellbeing, so we are always looking for new places to go or activities to try. Learning new skills and subjects through support from our team or outside agencies such as care farms or outreach teachers helps with this. We aim to give the people we support the opportunity to give their time, skills and talents both to each other and to the community through drama, music and other activities. We work with schools and businesses to broaden our connections with the local community on a voluntary basis.


The environment is also a big factor when it comes to people’s wellbeing, so with this in mind we use our resources to ensure that Newland Hurst is beautifully kept inside and out.

Animals at Newland Hurst

We have lots of animals at Newland Hurst and believe that they are extremely beneficial to the wellbeing of the residents. Belonging to residents there are a cat and a rabbit, there are dogs belonging to staff members, and there are hens and ducks that belong to everybody.

The residents get great satisfaction from completing the many tasks involved when caring for the animals, and from the daily collection of eggs. There is never an animal too far away for a stroke or a cuddle.


The people at Newland Hurst take part in very wide ranging activities below are listed just a few;

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  • Football matches
  • Working on the care farm
  •  Caring for Newland Hurst animals
  • Swimming
  • Theatre / Cinema
  • Out for meals and drinks
  • Night clubs
  • Knit and natter groups
  • Horse riding
  • Drama classes
  • Music sessions
  • Arts and crafts
  • Gardening


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  • Life / domestic skills
  • Holidays
  • Community projects e.g. working with local schools.
  • Circus
  • Day trips, boat rides, places of interest.
  • College
  • Dance fit and aerobics
  • Sports clubs


This list is not exhaustive and each individual person will take part in activities that are specifically designed for them following a person centered review as well as group activities.