Highams Lodge

HIGHAMS LODGE

Highams Lodge

You may be wondering what Highams Lodge is like? What goes on? What are the facilities in the local area? Here those questions will be answered. We hope after you read this page, you will have a greater insight into our therapeutic community. And we hope you, like us, may be able to answer the question “what is Highams Lodge”?

Highams Lodge

The Foundation- The Basics                                                                                                                     

Highams Lodge is a supported housing project run by Community Housing and Therapy. We house up to 15 residents who are experiencing mental health and emotional difficulties. Highams Lodge uses a therapeutic model. Our therapeutic programme is created to give us the space and support to discuss and explore our difficulties and feelings. By doing this we can become aware of ourselves and we can start to build healthy relationships and healthily communicate with each other. Each resident is assigned a key worker who can help encourage engagement in social activities and personal interests. As well as therapeutic discussions and exploration in groups, 1:1 therapy is offered, which is arranged between the resident and their assigned therapist.

The Structure                                                                                                         

There have been many new developments at Highams Lodge. This new programme is on offer for all the residents, (see below). However, it is optional. You don’t have to participate in the programme, but it’s encouraged.

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

8:00

Room Check

Room Check

Room Check

Room Check

Room Check

 

 

10:00

Morning check-in

Morning check-in

Morning check-in

Morning check-in

Morning check-in

Breakfast Group

Breakfast Group

10:30-11:00

Cleaning Group

Cleaning Group

Cleaning Group

Cleaning Group

Cleaning Group

 

Weekly Room Checks

13:00

Lunch

Lunch

Community Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:00

 

Staff Business Meeting until 4

Community Meeting

 

Leisure Group

Opportunity Group

 

 

15:00

 

 

 

 

16:00-17:30

Shopping & Dinner

Shopping & Dinner

Shopping & Dinner

Shopping & Dinner

Shopping & Dinner

Takeaway

Sunday Roast

Residents can also participate in spontaneous groups which are encouraged and can be supported by staff.

Meals                                                                                                                            

Every evening a resident takes it in turn to cook dinner for the house. Staff support the residents but it is a collaborative effort. Some residents have their specialities such as lasagne, shepherds pie, chicken and noodles and “chicken wrap Tuesday”. However, every Saturday is takeaway night and we get food from Chinese, Indian and Kebab takeout’s. Needless to say this is extremely popular.  

Opportunity Group                                                                                                   

Every Saturday we have an opportunity group, which is led by a different resident each week. The topics range from bees and the environment to fashion to current affairs. It is a time to discuss the topics and for residents to give their opinions while respecting each other.

Leisure Group                                                                                                                  

This group varies from week to week. On previous occasions residents and staff have gone bowling, have gone for coffee or a pancake or have even gone to Southend for the day.    

Leisure Group at Highams Park

Gardening                                                                                

Over the summer, some of the residents at Highams Lodge decided to do some gardening. We have a patio which overlooks our garden and here we have grown vegetables and fruit such as tomatoes and strawberries. In our garden we have planted some sunflowers, and the seeds of which, have been collected for next year’s gardening.

Flowers In Highams Lodge Garden

The Local Area                                                                                                               

Highams lodge is situated on the Avenue in Highams Park. Just 5 minutes down the road from Highams Lodge is the overground station Highams Park. From here you can go to Walthamstow station which will let you go on the Victoria Line into central London.                                                                                                                                    

There are also buses which go down the Avenue at frequent intervals.                                               

At the bottom of the Avenue there are lots of cafes and off-licenses as well as restaurants and a big Tesco. Also, there are a few parks and a lake in the close vicinity. 

Highams Park Local Area

Independence                                                                                                           

Although Highams Lodge is a therapeutic community where feelings and thoughts are shared, explored and discussed as a group, there are still plenty of opportunities to do things independently. For example, some residents do online courses, some volunteer at local charity shops and others go to evening classes for exercise or art. There is also, the matter or therapy. 1:1 therapy is on offer for all residents. Timings and the frequency of sessions are arranged between the resident and their allocated therapist. A keyworker is also assigned to every resident after a 6 week assessment period. This keyworker will  support the resident in their interests, encourage the resident to integrate into the community and think about plans for the future and improving their mental wellbeing.                                                                                                                           

Each resident will have their own individualised recovery plan. This will allow staff to know how best to support that resident and therefore how best to help them in their journey to recovery.

 

 Sunflowers in Highams Lodge Garden