We support everyone in the development of their particular skills whatever they may be. Individual support is given to enable communication and self-expression through practical, artistic and musical talent.

Residents frequently enjoy outings to the cinema, theatres, National Trust properties and other places of interest.  We offer weekly external sessions in local towns of swimming, sports, gym, sailing, horse riding, college and dance.

Recreational and Pastimes  

In house we offer pottery, literacy, painting,craft, furniture restoration, music as therapy, cooking, gardening, and many more. All sessions are with experienced and dedicated staff. 

Holidays and Days Out

Holidays play a big part in our residents life, whether it is an activity based holiday, spa break, quiet country cottage or a holiday to the seaside each resident’s individual needs are taken into consideration.

Specialist Therapy 

From our sensory room which can be tailored to the needs of each resident to our new ‘Memory Lane’, we explore all avenues to ensure all needs are met. 

Craft Workshop 

Our craft workshop is where it all happens. From card making, painting, writing and rug making there are lots of activities that the residents can take part in. It is a popular session for residents who enjoy making items for family members.

Special dates in the calendar are always remembered with residents often making fabulous items for their families and seasonal items to decorate their houses

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Cookery and Kitchen Skills

Choosing food, seeing it prepared or helping to prepare it is part of the daily process for us all. It is a communal and productive activity. As far as possible we are led in menu choices by the residents themselves. We order fresh seasonal vegetables, fresh fish and fresh meat from our local family butcher.
Running alongside this practical experience is our in-house course about food hygiene, kitchen safety and the importance of choosing and eating the right foods. All staff attend statutory courses on food hygiene.

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Theatre and Drama 

Held in our large hall, drama sessions are a favourite with staff and residents alike.

Expressing themselves through their individual performance’s residents are involved in regular plays throughout the year.

Our hall has stage lighting and a sound system. Residents also assist in the painting of any props that are required.

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Furniture Restoration 

Our furniture restoration workshop has been in operation for the last couple of years. Residents help to sand down, paint and finish the items over a few sessions. It is a popular workshop where any resident can try their hand at helping to restore the furniture pieces.

Our new in-house purpose built workshop is now up and running which will enable residents to complete their projects in the grounds of Solden Hill.

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Gardening and Horticulture  

Solden Hill House is set in 8 ½ acres of grounds attractively laid out with trees, lawns, flower beds, vegetable garden and a greenhouse. Residents are encouraged to participate in outdoor activities, where they are able to tend flower beds, grow plants in the greenhouse, tend the vegetable garden, gather leaves in the season, and generally assist with the tending of the whole garden area.  

Our gardeners work as a group and gain immensely from the social interaction, working together towards a goal and enjoying the achievement of a job well done.

It is also most satisfying to see how the gardens are put into use during the summer months, with barbecue lunches taking place on our large patio area and everyone enjoying the outdoor facilities.  Picnics are taken into the garden where the shade provided by the apple orchard can be enjoyed in hot summer weather, and great fun is enjoyed when our sports days are held on the lawns – there’s nothing like a wheelbarrow race for audience and participant entertainment!

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Music Therapy 

Music plays a very important part in the life of residents at Solden Hill. We have a designated music room where music workshops are held on a regular basis.  Using percussion instruments, xylophones, metallophones, drums, electronic keyboards and instruments which we have made ourselves, our service users are encouraged to join in group and individual music sessions. 

Group sessions are run on a person-centred basis. Music is a wonderful tool which enables those with limited communication skills to express themselves fully.  Emphasis is on enjoyment and fun and this is always the aim of the sessions. Singing is also an important tool and most of the themes we used are based around the seasons of the year and their festivals. Everyone is encouraged to improvise and express themselves through music. 

Everyone has a ‘voice’ and everyone is given a chance to be heard.

We try to produce a concert per year and work towards these goals in order to give aims and objectives for our work. They are a pivotal part of what we do. We listen to their ideas and create programmes to their needs and abilities.  We sing, we play, we listen, we improvise, but most of all we enjoy making music together. 

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Photography 

With the introduction of our new dedicated studio; photography has been a big hit with residents.

Photographic journals for residents to keep are produced to enable residents to have a memory of their time at Solden Hill.

Alongside this workshop, residents are able to attend a specialised course at a local college where they can work on photography skills and look at the many different and creative ways a picture can be taken.

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Pottery 

Pottery is an excellent vehicle to motivate, to use imagination and develop skilful design.
We begin our projects by drawing and making the designs for the items that we have in mind. We produce our drawings and have our blue print to work from. Then it is down to the tactile quality and nature of the clay and what our hands can do with it, which can be very exciting. The items gradually come to life via the imagination and input of the individual, changing from the original drawing and developing into a three dimensional artefact.
It is a simple process – but full of life and satisfaction for the residents; they love it and become engrossed in their work and it becomes a fantastic therapy.

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Swimming & Gymnasium

Our residents have the opportunity to go swimming 4 times a week at a choice of local swimming pools, including a hydrotherapy pool.
In the past, residents have taken part in sponsored swims to help fundraising. Swimming is certainly a favourite activity at Solden Hill House, and nearly always includes a well-deserved tea break too!


Gym sessions take place on a weekly basis.  Residents are encouraged to use all of the equipment at the local leisure centre. Sessions last for an hour after a good workout. A trip to the local cafe for a well deserved drink after their workout is always popular.

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Work Based Skills

Residents are encouraged to partcipate in non-traditional education to develop their skills with the outcome being they acheive community based vocation. Staff members support them in their roles to ensure that they can fully comply with what is expected of them. Current residents volunteer in the local Air Ambulance and Salvation Army Charity shops.

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Holidays and Days Out

Holidays play a big part in our residents life. Each resident will have at least one main holiday each year. Liaison with family members is key in enabling us to ensure that the resident goes on the holiday which is right for them. Whether it’s an activity based holiday, spa break, quiet country cottage or a holiday to the seaside each resident’s individual needs are taken into consideration. 

Calvert Trust – Exmoor
Calvert Trust Exmoor, enables people with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities to experience exciting, challenging and enjoyable outdoor activities. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of Exmoor National Park and a short distance from the North Devon Coast, their award winning centre welcomes guests of all ages and levels of ability. The fully accessible centre is registered with the AALA, and accredited to both the AHOEC gold standard and the CLOtC quality award. Their highly experienced instructors are qualified by national governing bodies such as the British Canoeing, RYA and BHS and are specially trained to work with people with learning disabilities.

Seaside Holidays 
Blackpool, Weymouth, Bournemouth? We’ve been to them all. Staying in accommodation suited to the groups needs, a trip to the seaside is normally a 4 night, 5 day affair. Taking in local attractions, toe dipping in the sea and the obligatory fish and chips on the seafront this is a popular trip with residents and staff alike.
 
Entertainment breaks
Some residents love a good tribute act. Abba, Queen, Take That? Whoever you want to see, we can source a few nights away staying at a luxury hotel normally with the addition of spa facilities. Hotels chosen can always cater for adults with learning disabilities.

Country Cottage breaks
For those residents who want a more relaxing break, these holidays suit them best. Normally in quieter areas with plenty of local attractions and the odd National Trust property, residents are away for 4 nights and 5 days. Evening meals are prepared in the cottage after full days out with the odd evening meal out at a local pub.

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Specialist Therapy

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Sensory
Room

This room was created in 2016. It can be a quiet room, an exploring room, a tactile room or a listening room. Each resident finds the things that they want to do. Whether it’s sitting with the bubble tube, playing with hand bells or coloured therapy eggs, residents can really benefit from the peaceful environment. Residents can have one to one or group sessions.

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Aromatherapy &
Massage

Solden Hill House has a Holistic Therapist qualified in Aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage and Acupressure to name but a few. The psychological and physical benefits of aromatherapy have long been known to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing, reducing stress, boosting the immune system and improving muscle tone etc. 

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Animal Therapy & Interaction

Based off site, residents attend a weekly animal therapy session. They interact with horses, goats, chickens, sheep and dogs. An informal group session residents learn how to communicate with the animals which can change their behavioural traits.
We also have horses on site and are planning to add to chickens to our family of animals in the near future.

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Memory
Lane

A ‘Memory Lane’ will soon be added as taking a trip down memory lane could be the key to keeping dementia at bay, researchers have claimed.  While a medical cure is still a way off facilities such as ours are investing in nostalgia in a bid to boost memory and help current surroundings seem less confusing.