Vivienne our Registered Manager at Head Lane
Head Lane is a very spacious, airy property with two living areas, offering the young people plenty of space for relaxing and reflecting. Situated on the outskirts of Sudbury, Suffolk, we are just a few moments’ walk from Great Cornard Sports Centre with outdoor swimming pool, which is great in the summer months. The children at the unit are encouraged to participate in many varied activities to give them a well-balanced home life. We encourage our young people to join in with local sporting and recreational activities and also organise day trips to London with sightseeing, restaurant and theatre visits.
Our team is committed and passionate about what they do - and Head Lane has been rated consistently 'good' by Ofsted since we registered in 2011 to support our belief.
With a degree in therapeutic communication with young people living in a therapeutic community Vivienne, the manager, has worked in various locations and roles at The Ryes over the last twenty years. This gives her an excellent background for meeting the needs of the children. The team at Head Lane is a well-established group of people with a range of diverse skills and qualifications. They employ a secure base ethos, and consider the goals of running Head Lane to be about providing the young people with a feeling of ‘homeliness’ in a smoothly managed unit.
What Vivienne, Registered Manager says about Head Lane:
“I have been at the Ryes for 20 years, working with children with extreme behavioural needs. Part of my job is to work closely with my team, child care professionals and families to make an accurate assessment of each child’s needs and to create a personal development plan to build their self-esteem and achieve a positive outcome for their personal and educational development. I believe I have a practical ‘hands-on’ approach to achieving these goals, by setting clear boundaries for the children whilst also helping maintain a secure and happy environment for them to develop to their full potential.”
What people say about Head Lane
The manager is like a Mum
The manager nags like a Mum
I like Head Lane because they are my family.
I want an my own bathroom
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for you continued support, hard work and commitment to xx. He is thriving in your care and I know you will continue to support him in the next stage of his journey, whatever that may be”
“I have really enjoyed working with you and have found you and your team to be extremely supportive and very knowledgeable. Thank you for all your continued commitment to xx – you have had a significant impact on him and will continue to do so.”
I get with the staff and I like going for long bike rides to explore the area
I cannot have a key to the house
"...It was the home I never had" (SS)
I like most of the staff
I don’t know
Head Lane has been a stable environment for xxxx and they have worked well with him to reduce his challenging behaviours which has enabled us to be able to consider a supported transition to supported accommodation. They have a good grasp of the skills he will need as he moves on to semi supported living and has worked well with the agencies and professionals that support xxxx and will support him as he moves in to the supported accommodation. Vivienne – registered manager, is firm but fair with xxxxxx and has built a good relationship with him. Vivienne is always welcoming to professionals coming into the home and all the staff work hard to ensure Head Lane is a warm and friendly environment.
Former Resident when visiting 4 years later
“I’d forgotten how happy I was here.” When he left, he called in the evening to say “lovely to see you guys, I had forgotten how I felt that all you guys were my family, I never had that growing up.”
"…it’s cool here and I love it, don’t want to leave ever "