Fairborne house is a large Edwardian house, not far from the centre of Forest Row, and close to the Ashdown Forest. Since the house was purchased in 2017 there has been lots of refurbishment, and a new office and overnight room have been created. We are continuing to improve the environment and the facilities for the tenants.
We currently have six tenants, each of whom has their own large room and ensuite bath or shower room. The house also provides attractive communal spaces – a large lounge, a dining/activities room, a kitchen and laundry area, and a lovely garden.
We aim to create a warm environment where people feel they have support to make their own choices about the things that matter to them, and where they feel relaxed enough to try new things, and to build a fulfilling life.
The tenants are supported by experienced staff members. As well as providing a reassuring presence, they help to support friendly and companionable relationships within the group. They also work individually with each tenant to help them to plan their own programme during the week, and arrange transport where needed. There are many opportunities in the local area for work placements, training courses, and social, artistic and leisure activities. Tenants enjoy visiting local shops, cafes and pubs, projects and markets. The household usually comes together for a meal in the evening, where everyone can meet to share their day (though residents can choose to cook separately if they wish with support). Afterwards there is the opportunity to socialise and take part in activities together – crafts, games, visiting the pub, watching a film – or spend time on individual interests.