Robins Child Residential & Short Breaks

Robins is a purpose built home providing 24 hour care, support and opportunities for young people with learning disabilities up to the age of 18. We offer both long-term residential care as well as short-breaks depending on each child’s requirements.

We support children and young people through childhood and their teenage years into adulthood, helping them learn to live as independently as possible. Highly skilled and caring staff provide tailored support to enable everyone to thrive and reach their full potential.

Robins has been caring for young people since 1999. We are specialists in providing support for young people with autism, sensory impairments, learning and physical disabilities.


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.


Robins Residential Care

Robins provides a caring home from home for everyone who stays with us. For some young people this is on a long term basis as their families need specialist help looking after them.

We have two self-contained two-bedroom apartments, providing separate living spaces for up to four young people receiving full-time residential care. Each apartment has its own lounge to give our young people a bit more independence and space. The bedrooms are personalised for each young person to make their time at Robins feel like home.

We ensure that each person who stays with us is able to access a range of opportunities to grow personally, socially and independently. Lifeworks have a range of educational and community projects that we link into along with the wider opportunities we access in the local area. 


Robins Short Breaks

We understand how vital short breaks are for families with children who have a learning disability. Short breaks at Robins provide our young guests with the opportunity to spend time away, by themselves and with peers to develop friendships outside of school. They also give parents and carers important time to themselves, or to spend with other siblings and family members.

Young people who stay with us on a short break will be given an individual spacious room, which can be tailored to suit their individual needs and make their stay more comfortable. We encourage young people to bring a ‘treasure box’ while they stay, filled with their own toys and personal items. This helps us to personalise each room so that it is special and unique for them – whether that is over night, for a week or frequently every month.

Whether a child stays with us on a long term or short break we work to ensure that we meet their individual needs. We offer a varied and interesting range of fun, adventure and social activities, alongside vital life-skills. We aim for every young person who stays with us to gain something and grow in themselves.  

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 Dec 2019 rated us as Good. Key observations and findings were:


Person Centered

The young people’s best interests are at the centre of this home’s practice. They receive individualised and well-planned support from the manager and staff team.


Good relationships

The quality of the relationships between staff and young people is good and, in several cases long standing.


Varied Activities

    Individually and as a group the young people enjoy increasingly varied activities, trips and holidays.



Personal Choices

    The young people are supported to make choices and have their views heard. 

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

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CoronavirusDue to the social distancing measures of Coronavirus not all of Lifeworks services are running as they usually do.

Our residential services, Robins and Sesame, continue to run and have provided a safe home for the residents. Unfortunately, we have had to stop the short stay service at Robins for the time being. Our specialist College was closed for the Easter holidays but has now re-opened for a small number of students. Community Projects’ in-person services have been put on hold but the team have been very creative, launching Safe-Space a new online platform to provide a much-needed service to young people who are feeling isolated at home.

We are still working our way through these times where there is uncertainty and we are responding to guidance and instruction as information is sent to us. We look forward to the time when we can re-instate all of our services but the safety and wellbeing of our service users, families and staff is our top priority always.

Please continue to find out more about our services and get in touch with us to discuss them at any time. Email [email protected] or call 01803 840 744

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