Priory The Shores

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About this location

Located in Parkstone, Poole, The Shores offers specialist residential support for six males and females with a learning disability. We are situated in a semi-rural location, off the main road.

We can also support people with the following conditions, presentations, or support needs, alongside their primary learning disability:

  • Autism
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Mild to moderate behaviours that challenge
  • Epilepsy
  • Angelman syndrome

Our team is dedicated to supporting the people we care for to live their best lives, as safely and as independently as possible. We also support each person to learn new skills while they’re with us, if they wish to.

Services at a glance

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

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The Shores 46 Brixey Road Parkstone Poole Dorset BH12 3EZ

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

The Shores is a large, detached house, spread over two floors. We have six bedrooms, all of which have en-suite facilities. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor. We also have a communal bathroom for people to use.

In summary, we offer:

  • Lounge
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Quiet room
  • Utility room
  • Sensory room
  • Communal bathroom

We also have a garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Patio area
  • Seating area
  • Wheelchair access

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Our bedrooms have:

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

Our approach to support

Everyone who lives at The Shores 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, and domiciliary tasks such as cooking and cleaning.

We are committed to supporting everyone within our service to develop the skills they need to live as independently as possible. Our person-centred approach means we can help people to work towards a level of independence which fits with their skills, confidence and aspirations. We also recognise that privacy is important to everyone we support, and we seek to promote this, wherever possible.

Our support approaches at The Shores include positive behaviour support (PBS) and occupational therapy. We also have support from a community multidisciplinary team (MDT), including:

  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Psychology

The lengths of the placements that we offer at The Shores can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person. Short respite stays can also be accommodated at this service.


Everyone who lives at The Shores 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. We have strong links with the local community to promote real work opportunities.

In addition, we encourage the people we support at The Shores to provide feedback and make suggestions about the support they receive with us, via our ‘Our Voice’ feedback programme. They are also invited to attend regular meetings that are held within the home.

We also have two pet chickens on-site, that residents are encouraged to interact with and help to care for.


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 worker
  • PBS practitioner
  • Occupational therapist

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

  • Epilepsy awareness training
  • Autism specialist training
  • PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training
  • Diabetes management training
  • Specific sensory needs training
  • Mental health 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


The Shores has a number of amenities nearby including:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Park
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Bowling alley

Transport links

The Shores also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A bus stop on the same road
  • A short drive from Poole town centre and Bournemouth town centre
  • A short drive to the seaside

A message from our site leader

The Shores is a home from home. The staff team are very friendly and really do put our residents needs’ first. Our residents are well supported and enjoy living at The Shores. The residents themselves say that they feel safe here and enjoy all the activities that we offer

The Shores' site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

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Everyone is so kind and helpful
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I enjoy doing activities with the staff, either indoors or outside
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Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to attend family events and visit their family homes, managing any possible risks or concerns. Their key worker may come along on the visit.

Can friends and families visit?

Visits and participation in activities at our home are actively encouraged among family and friends. Please let us know about all visits in advance, as some of our residents may become anxious and stressed when unknown visitors arrive. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate overnight stays.

What is the smoking policy?

Residents can smoke by the designated smoking area in the back garden, which has a shelter. We don’t permit smoking inside the building, and this includes vapes. 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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