Priory Leonards Croft

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About this location

Leonards Croft is located in Stafford. We provide residential support for eight males and females who are autistic or have a learning disability, or both. The service is off a busy main road, around 15 minutes from the town centre.

The team at our home are committed to providing our residents with the skills needed to live an active and fulfilled life, as independently as possible.

We can also support those who have:

  • Difficulties with communication
  • Mild to moderate behaviours that challenge
  • Epilepsy

Services at a glance

There are a total of eight bedrooms at the site. Of these:
3 have en-suite facilities
5 are self-contained flats
4 are on the ground floor

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Leonards Croft 80 Lichfield Road Stafford ST17 4LP

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Our Victorian house provides a low stimulus, homely and relaxed environment, whilst still having robust furnishings, to meet the needs of our residents.

The people who live here can enjoy our spacious and modern kitchen, a lounge, learning hub and a separate dining room. In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Learning hub

We also have a garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Communal seating
  • Shelter
  • Vegetable patch

Our bedrooms

The home has three storeys, with bedrooms on all of the floors. There are five self-contained flats. Four of them have bathrooms with showers and small activities of daily living (ADL) kitchenettes to promote independence, whilst maintaining safety. One of the flats has no kitchenette and has a bathroom with a bath and a shower. There are also three en-suite bedrooms. Two have a shower and the third has a bath.

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. In summary, our bedrooms and flats have features such as:

  • ADL kitchenettes
  • Robust, low arousal furniture
  • En-suite facilities, containing either a shower, a bath or a wet room

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Leonards Croft 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, managing finances and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Leonards Croft include:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Psychology

We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team to offer these services. PBS is delivered in-house. In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™ to support our residents to achieve their goals.

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


Everyone who lives at Leonards Croft 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.

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas


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. Leonards Croft supports people to move into their own homes in the community through Priory Supported Living West Midlands.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • PBS practitioner
  • Activities co-ordinator

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

  • Makaton training
  • Epilepsy awareness training
  • Diabetes management training
  • Specific sensory needs training

Contact us for help, referrals or more information

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


Leonards Croft is on a main road around 15 minutes from the town centre. Nearby amenities include:

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

Transport links

Leonards Croft also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A train station with links to major cities such as Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester
  • A short distance to Alton Towers
  • Around 10 minutes from M6 junction 13

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

I live in my own flat with its own kitchen. I love being able to cook and feel so much more independent living here
Person supported by Leonards Croft Leonards Croft

Case studies

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Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We facilitate our residents to go on family outings and visit their family homes, and provide any support required to enable this.

Can friends and families visit?

Yes, we do encourage family and friends to visit to maintain healthy relationships. Unfortunately, family members cannot stay overnight.

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

Yes, we keep you up-to-date with every step of your loved one’s care and support. We will arrange with relatives the best way to get in contact, to ensure everyone is kept informed.

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

Yes, our residents can have their own mobile phone and we can support where needed.

What are the bedrooms like?

All our bedrooms are fully furnished, and residents can personalise to their own taste. People can bring their own furnishings and décor items, however some of the robust, low arousal furniture has been purchased to meet service specifications, so cannot be removed. Leonards Croft has both bedrooms and self-contained flats, with everyone having access to their own bathroom, and some people having private kitchen areas in addition to their bedroom.

Are external doors kept locked?

External doors are always kept locked to ensure the safety of our residents. Just of a main road, our home is situated in a busy location. People are supported to access the community, and risk assessments are in place for everyone’s security.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

Residents are supported to choose their meals, and will be supported with menu planning and meal preparation. Many people can eat within their own self-contained flat, using their kitchenettes to develop their kitchen skills.

How does laundry work?

We have our own laundry room, and we will support residents to do their own laundry.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Our residents are encouraged to look after their own bedrooms, but we do have a housekeeper that will support as needed as well as ensure our communal spaces are in good order.

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 we care for has their own tailored activities planner. This is person-centred, it will focus on what they are interested in and adapted to their personal needs, preferences and goals. We support people with community visits, as well as put on activities within the home, too.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

Leonards Croft utilises PBS approaches, delivered by our practitioner. We use the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework, which means we utilise minimally restrictive practices. 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?

Yes, we encourage families to have an input and we take everything on board when developing their care plans. These will be regularly reviewed, to ensure we are providing the right support for each individual; residents and families will be involved in this process, where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

We have a car park which is open until 10pm.

What is the smoking policy?

We have a designated area in the car park for residents to smoke or to vape.

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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