Totnes Residential & Short Breaks
Situated in Dartington, near Totnes, Robins is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is a warm and welcoming home from home that combines comfort, safety and accessibility. Our location is well placed in South Devon, enabling the children to access the beach, woodland, Dartmoor as well as local recreation and leisure venues.
Robins has 10 bedrooms, 4 of which are for young people who live long-term with us and have their own self-contained annex. The large communal lounge, interactive sensory room as well as separate activities room and various outdoor spaces are available for everyone. Our large kitchen and dining room is the heart of the home and offers the young people a training kitchen in which they can practice their life skills.
There are a wide range of activities that our young people can get involved with if they choose from cookery, music, art, sensory play and games. Everyone’s abilities and interests are different, we are led by what each individual wants to do.
To support each individual’s physical needs there is a complete range of lifting and moving aids as well as a lift to the first floor.
We work closely with families and guardians to ensure that we work holistically to meet their child’s individual medical, cultural, educational and dietary needs.
Whatever the reason or the length of stay, our aim is to make sure that each child and young person is given the best quality care and support. We want everyone who stays with us at Robins to feel safe, gain something new and have a great time.
How we work at Robins
We work alongside our children and young people, their parents and carers, health and education professionals to develop care plans that place the child at the centre. We strive to really understand each child, creating choices to help them achieve their goals and aspirations. We also look reflectively at how we can always do better. Ultimately Robins provides a young person with fun, adventure, breaking down barriers to give opportunities for young people to do anything they want to. We share young people’s pride when they achieve something new.
The staff team at Robins work hard to ensure every young person enjoys their time at Robins by offering an amazing amount of opportunity and activity. Inclusivity and an ambition for breaking down barriers is at the heart of all that we do.
We know we make a difference because our young people and parents tell us so. Through the smiles, the laughter, the celebration of achievement we know we make a difference in helping that young person reach their full potential.
Robins Ofsted Report
Our most recent Ofsted report in June 2021 rated us as Good. Key observations and findings were:
How to get a place at Robins
Young people using Robins have complex and profound disabilities alongside a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or Education, Health & Care Plan. Alongside learning disabilities some of the young people who stay with us Robins have physical disabilities; we have lifts and a range of equipment to support their needs.
You can arrange an informal visit by contacting us on the form below.
After visiting Robins we can begin our referral process which ensures a good transition for all our young people and allows us to carefully match need with our home, other young people and staff to ensure a young persons placement is successful.
We will work you and the local authority to make sure that joining us at Robins is as smooth as possible
News, stories & blog
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