Priory Laburnum House

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About this location

Laburnum House is situated in Folkestone, in Kent. It offers residential support for six males and females who have a primary learning disability diagnosis, including people who are autistic or have Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). The home is ideally placed on a residential street near the town centre.

We offer a safe and homely environment, where all the people we care for can make their own choices about the support they receive. We encourage and support everyone at Laburnum House to recognise and identify their goals and ambitions, and we will support them to meet them.

We can also support those who have:

  • Mental health needs
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Mild to moderate behaviours that challenge
  • Epilepsy

Services at a glance

There are a total of six bedrooms at the site. Of these:
2 are on the ground floor

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Laburnum House 41 Grimston Avenue Folkestone Kent CT20 2QD

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Laburnum House is a large, detached, Victorian property. The home is spacious, and offers a relaxed environment for the people who live here. We have a total of six bedrooms across two floors, with two of these rooms being on the ground floor. All bedrooms are served by communal bathrooms.

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Utility room
  • Communal bathroom
  • Communal wet room
  • Communal toilet

We also have a very large garden, complete with a lawn. In addition, we have a site vehicle to help us to meet the needs of the people we support.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. We supply the furniture for the rooms, and will help our residents make the room their own.

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Laburnum House has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out in the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Laburnum House include positive behaviour support (PBS). We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team. In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™ and Active Support to support our residents to achieve their goals.

The lengths of the placements that we offer at Laburnum House can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Laburnum House has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community.

We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • Senior support workers
  • PBS practitioner
  • Housekeeper
  • Gardener

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Epilepsy awareness training
  • Diabetes management training
  • Specialist eating and drinking needs training
  • PWS training

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Laburnum House is a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Folkestone. Nearby amenities include:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office
  • College
  • Park
  • Library
  • Cinema

Transport links

Laburnum House also has excellent transport links, including:

  • Two local train stations nearby, Folkestone Central and Folkestone West, both just a short walk away
  • Good bus links, with bus stops located just around the corner from the home
  • A short drive to the M20 nearby

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A message from our site leader

At Laburnum House, we aim to support the people we care for to develop and be the best that they can be. We support them to have a fulfilled life, which includes taking part in a wide range of activities, getting involved with household tasks, maintaining and developing relationships with loved ones and being involved in their communities. We aim to provide fully person-centred support, encouraging people to pursue their interests, develop their skills and achieve their goals. We aim to provide a home that individuals can be proud of and a support team that are always working proactively to ensure they are providing the best support possible

Laburnum House’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

I like living at Laburnum because I have a big bed, with a big room and I like the staff because they take me out. I like living with my friends
Person supported by Laburnum House Laburnum House
My granddaughter is really happy at Laburnum House. She gets on well with her staff and has a great bond. I know her well and I know if something is not right, but I have no worries at all, she is very well looked after. They re-did her room with her, she was so excited and loved it
Family member of a person supported at Laburnum House Laburnum House

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to attend family events and visit their family homes. We will provide whatever support is required to make this happen, and to ensure everyone is happy with the process.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are able to visit Laburnum House, and are welcome to join in any activities at the home. Visits are usually planned in advance please to support individual needs. There are no overnight stays.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

Our service manager regularly contacts families with updates about the people we care for. We can work with families on an individual basis to figure out the best way to stay in touch and share news.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

There is a home phone which anyone can make use of to get in touch with the people they care about. We can support the people who live here to make use of this. In addition, some residents have their own mobile phones, which they use independently or with support from staff.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished, and residents are supported to personalise them. Some of the furniture has been purchased to suit the needs of the service specification and some of it is fitted, and therefore cannot be removed.

Are external doors kept locked?

Yes, due to the nature of our service and our central location, our external doors are kept locked. However, every resident will be risk assessed to determine the level of security needed to keep them safe.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

Residents hold a weekly meeting to plan their meals but like any of us, sometimes they can change their minds, which is of course taken into account. We will always provide snacks and drinks of choice, alternative meals and accommodations for special dietary requirements.

How does laundry work?

Residents are given help to do their own laundry. We have our own laundry facilities, and can provide assistance as required to support people to develop their skills in this area.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Most of our residents undertake domiciliary tasks such as cleaning, and there is a rota in place to assign tasks. Our care team support them with these tasks, and task allocation is also discussed in our monthly resident meetings.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

Residents are not allowed to bring illegal substances onto the premises. Other items of concern will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

How do activities work?

Everyone has their own plan of activities, incorporating their interests and aspirations. In-house activities and visits into the community are included with the planner. Their key worker may use a variety of communication tools to ensure the resident can have an input into the planning of activities. Activities can depend on the one-to-one support needed, as well as the residents’ individual preferences.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

Laburnum House’s PBS practitioner will support people with their needs, and develop the right support for each individual. In addition, we use the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework, which means we focus on proactive strategies, rather than physical intervention. We require our care plans which include restrictions to be assessed frequently, for example, procedures for interventions such as pro re nata (PRN) medication are regularly reviewed and removed, where possible.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

We work with social workers, family members and residents to develop care plans which are in the best interests of our residents. We use a variety of communication tools and work with health professionals to aid each resident in having a say about every aspect of their care. Care plans are regularly reviewed, and family members will be asked for their input, where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

We don’t offer off-road parking but street parking is free.

What is the smoking policy?

We have a shelter where residents can smoke in the back garden. We don’t permit smoking inside our home, including vaping. Residents are able to buy cigarettes and vapes at the shops, if this is what they choose.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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