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The Poplars Residential Care

Key facts about Poplars Four single bedrooms for adults with autism

Large garden area with opportunities for horticulture

Environment promotes the rights of service users as individual citizens

Activities in the home and the community

At the Poplars, our aim is to create an environment that promotes service users’ rights in making choices. We understand the importance of promoting the independence of service users whilst delivering an individual care plan that will meet their needs and requirements. Opened in 2000, Poplars is located in Selly Park in Birmingham. The home is located on the outskirts of the city centre and is near to the University of Birmingham, meaning that there is a range of opportunities available for service users.

Indoor space The property provides a home for five service users, with the main building consisting of four bedrooms and

A selfcontained annexe for one additional individual with autism

Qualified and experienced staff team providing 24 hour support

a self-contained annexe offering a further bedroom. The property has a variety of communal areas including a lounge, dining room and breakfast kitchen. This allows our service users to socialise, develop existing friendships and create new friendships, which is one of our key principles at the Poplars.

Outdoor space Our large garden allows our service users to feel a sense of freedom and gives them the opportunity to explore horticulture and grow their own plants and flowers.

Activities The Poplars offers a variety of day services for its service users, meaning that each individual has the opportunity to be involved in activities that they enjoy. We provide in-house activities as well as community activities to encourage integration within the local community. Service users are also given the opportunity to take part in college courses and are fully supported and encouraged in their decision to do so. Courses attended by service users in the past have included cookery, gardening, literacy and computer studies.

Environment Although our days at the Poplars are based upon a predictable and structured routine, within this structure there is a great deal of emphasis on flexibility to accommodate individual choices. We follow individual care plans for each service user. These care plans ensure that the specific needs of each service user are being catered for. All care plans are regularly reviewed with a formal review taking place every

6-12 months, allowing service users to discuss all aspects of everyday life at the Poplars with staff to ensure that their needs are being catered for.

Staff team At the Poplars, we have a qualified and experienced staff team who are dedicated to providing the best care possible for adults with autism. All members of staff have undergone a supervised induction period, regular supervision from senior members of staff and a thorough introduction to the service’s policies and procedures concerning care plans, health and safety, equality and challenging behaviour. The members of staff at the Poplars work hard to ensure that service users have as much control over their own lives as possible and that they are getting the most out of their experience at the home.

Make a referral

If you are interested in accessing our services either for yourself or an individual you support, you can make a referral to us in the following ways: •• Complete the referral form online at •• Email us at •• Call us on 0121 450 7582

We are Care Quality Commission registered CQC Nominated Individual and Head of Regulated Activity: Anabel Sainza-Fernandez

About Autism West Midlands

There are more than half a million people in the UK living with autism, an invisible, misunderstood and lonely disability. 60,000 live in the West Midlands. We are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people affected by autism. We exist to enable all people with autism and those who love and care for them to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Our passionate, expert staff and volunteers work across all age groups and abilities, providing direct support to people affected by autism.

Contact us

Autism West Midlands Regent Court George Road Edgbaston Birmingham B15 1NU Email: General enquiries: Help and advice: Telephone: Main reception: 0121 450 7582 • Information helpline: 0303 03 00 111 Website:

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Follow us on Twitter: @autismwestmids Our vision is a world where all people on the autism spectrum have the specialist care and support they need to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Registered Charity Number: 517077 Registered Company Number: 1953344 (England and Wales)