A real and lasting difference for everyone we support


15 Old Roar Road
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7HA

T: 01424 752061

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The Wheelhouse

About The Wheelhouse

The Wheelhouse is a small home located in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex within a short distance of the main town centre and seafront. We are registered to support up to four adults who have a learning disability, communication difficulties and may have autism and present with behaviours that challenge.

Our approach to care:

Our professional and friendly staff team, who are trained on a continuous basis, offer support and choice for adults with severe learning disabilities, communication difficulties and autism. We aim to enable everyone living at The Wheelhouse to lead an independent life, wherever possible.

Positive reinforcement and a high staff ratio provide opportunities for individuals to develop their daily living skills, supported by the philosophy of gentle teaching. The service we deliver is based on the belief of individuals' rights and choices.

All individuals are involved in designing their own Person Centred Plan, with staff support. The plans are tailored to suit individual needs and provide the correct level of support required. They also enable all individuals to make their own choices about the support they receive. We encourage and support people to recognise and identify their goals and ambitions and how they would like to go about meeting them.

The views and opinions of each individual are paramount to their ownership of the support they receive and are sought by alternative communication methods such as Makaton, PECS and through the use of objects of reference – these are always acted upon.

What it’s like to live here:

There are many activities to get involved with at The Wheelhouse, both in and out of the service, and everyone helps to choose and plan which activities are available. Some activities include shopping, going out for meals, going to the cinema and attending the local sports centre.

Each person supported by the service formulates a daily/weekly planner that encompasses social and educational activities. Some of these activities include: horse riding at the local RDA school, swimming, day centres, cinema, bowling, nature walks, music sessions, and independent living skills.

We aim not only to encourage community participation but also to play an active meaningful role within the community. The home places an emphasis on ensuring that where there is a reflected need for an advocate this service is facilitated to further adhere to the needs of the individual.

The Wheelhouse is located on the edge of St Leonards-on-Sea and is 1.5 miles from the town centre, the main line station and the coast. The local area provides access to all major amenities; including a town shopping centre, several superstores, a cinema, a sports centre, the sea front and pier, large parks and good local transport facilities.

“People were being spoken with and supported in a sensitive, respectful and professional manner.” – CQC report for The Wheelhouse


Our home is set back off a private road and is situated in the centre of a large garden. Some of our bedrooms have a view of the sea and the coast. Everyone is encouraged and supported to personalise their bedrooms in line with their tastes and preferences.

The Wheelhouse also has a spacious lounge, two dining rooms, a large fully equipped kitchen, and a laundry room.

Admissions criteria:

The Wheelhouse may be suitable for those who meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Individuals with learning disabilities
  • Individuals with autism
  • May also present with challenging behaviour (mild to severe)