Meet The Manager

The Manager at Avon’s House  is Jodi Shepherd. Jodi has vast experience in the care field specifically in settings she has experience in working with individuals with Autism, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Jodi has worked has experience in support worker, senior support worker and deputy manager roles within care settings.

Jodi joined Really Flexible Care in 2012 and worked as a Deputy Manager at Penniston Barn , Avon’s House and Avon’s House  and is now Manager for all three services on Wadelow site Penniston Barn, Avon’s House and Avon’s House  as well as respite service Avon’s House Jodi has completed QCF Level 5 in management of Health and Social Care, Level 3 QCF in Health and social care,  Level 2 QCF in Mental Health Awareness, Level 3 in First Aid at work and has A Level qualifications in Sociology, Psychology and Media studies.

Jodi has also completed all mandatory training which Really Flexible Care offers.


Meet The Staff

The staff team at Avon’s House will have a broad range of skills and experience of working with adults with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health problems and Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

All Staff in post will are enrolled in QCF diplomas levels 2 and 3 in care or will have the equivalent NVQ’s. Really Flexible Care has a high commitment to staff training and all staff receives statutory training and training in supporting Adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.


Accommodation & Location

Avon’s House is a 5-bedded home, situated in a small cul-de-sac in Bedfordshire . This is a specialist unit for adults with a primary diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition, Severe Learning Disabilities and challenging needs, who require 24 hour staffing support.

Avon’s House is a residential setting, but although it is a residential setting the front door has a lock which is kept locked at all times. This is to ensure that the personal safety of each individual living within the home is kept to the highest standard due to their diagnosis.

Where applicable and subject to thorough risk assessment, the residents will be offered knowledge of pin code / Key to open doors accessing the home to then enable them to be able to access the outside community when they choose to do so. All other residents are offered community based activities throughout the day and are supported with staff where necessary.

The house has a separate kitchen; dining/activity room, communal lounge, communal bathroom and laundry room. Each of the service users has their own bedrooms, with en-suite facilities.


Social Activities, Hobbies and Interest

The staff have access to 1 vehicle to enable service users to access activities which include going to the cinema, pubs, local parks, ice skating, bowling, going on nature walks, swimming, horse riding, outdoor activity centres, indoor sensory centres and trips to places of interest to individuals etc.

Service Users are encouraged to lead full and active lives. A wide range of social activities are provided, including:

  • Drama club and regular drama evenings, discos and other social events.
  • Sports and fitness activities and events.
  • Swimming trips
  • Day trips and shopping trips.
  • Music, dance, pottery and other therapeutic activities.
  • Pursuit of individual hobbies and interests.
  • Horse riding, walks and other outdoor pursuits.
  • Cinema, bowling, restaurants, pubs and other social outings.

We also encourage Service Users to plan holidays and short breaks. Depending on risk assessments, availability of funds (as holidays will need to be funded by service users and/or their circle of support) and the wishes of the individual, holidays could either be in small groups or on a one‐to‐one basis and could be in the UK or abroad.


Quality Assurance Process

Really Flexible Care is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of its service. A copy of the Care Quality Commission inspection report is kept at the home and is available upon request. If required the report can be provided in different formats subject to sufficient notification.

The Registered Manager (Jodi Shepherd) and Deputy Manager is responsible for leading on the QA process and the methods used to monitor our standards and drive through improvements on the day to day monitoring and auditing of Avon’s House . and the home manager Jodi Shepherd is responsible for the lead role of OA processes please see below methods.


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