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The new staff team commenced duties on September 3rd and spent an intensive four week induction period prior to the first young people arriving.

An essential part of this training was delivered by six young people from Avocet House who visited Turnstone House to help train the new team through a ‘Question Time’ session.

Adults from Turnstone House had prepared an extensive range of questions to help support their understanding by listeneing to the viewpoint of the young people. The questions included, “What makes Avocet House feel like home?” and “What qualities do adults need to have?”

The adults spent over an hour quizzing the young people, who demonstrated exemplary manners and behaviour. They offered an insight into their lives that surpassed the adults expectations, and their honesty reflected how secure they felt.

Following the sessions, adults commented on the maturity of the young people and how they were a credit to Avocet House and themselves. They hoped that the future young people at Turnstone House developed into similar role models.

In addition individual boys from Avocet House spent an enjoyable time with adults from Turnstone House acting as if they were living in the new house and developing activities, ideas and feedback during the final week of induction.

This new community is now beginning to thrive in the beautiful former Georgian Rectory and the brand new ‘state of the art’ Learning Centre.

With four young people already in place there are still spaces left!