About the Young People we Support

Orchard Manor offers a supportive living and learning environment for young adults who have complex learning difficulties and is one of the few services in the country that is also able to support complex health needs and associated difficulties. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach. 

The young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from specialist facilities designed to meet their needs.

Skilled, empathetic and caring staff always respected people’s privacy and dignity and supported the young people to become as independent as possible.
— CQC Report 2017

Skill Programmes at the Skills Centre

The Skills Centre gives young people the opportunity to try new experiences, develop communication skills and prepare themselves for their future by ensuring they are equipped with key life skills. Importantly it’s also a place they can have fun and express themselves. The centre is open to the young people who live at Orchard Manor and also from the surrounding area who attend each day from home.

Life at Orchard is very varied and never boring. No two days are ever the same. Every young person works with our team to create a personalised individual programme which can include a variety of activities depending on what their desired long and short-term aims are. The skill programmes include sessions such as cooking, music, art, sensory, ICT, community activities e.g. shopping, personal appearance, swimming and social enterprise. With our close connections with the surrounding community, a number of residents utilise off site facilities and activities such as visits to the library, trap driving, horse riding, rock climbing, cinema, shopping and college courses.

Long and short-term aims are set out after the young person has had time to try a wide range of activities and their individual timetable is then developed. At this point we hold a meeting with the young person, tutors, therapists, family and external professionals when we agree long, medium and short term aims and targets to support each person to fulfil their aspirations and goals.

We support our young people to lead independent and fulfilling lives and do this through four main domains Reliance, Collaboration, Responsibility and Creativity. Within these domains we focus on four key areas for development self care and support, autonomy, participation and communication.

Our multidisciplinary team includes occupational therapist, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists, tutors and support workers who all work together as part of the sessions to build on an individual’s strengths and develop new skills and interests, helping them to explore ways to reach their full potential. The team break down skills into small steps which are tailored for individual needs, which allow them to learn by doing.

At Orchard there are a number of social enterprises on site such as our weekly cake sale run by one of the young adults. Our soap making, dog biscuit making, card making, wrapping paper and chutney enterprises give the young people the opportunity to learn work related skills, develop confidence and communication skills as well as have fun. We are also in the process of setting up voluntary and work experience opportunities at Orchard, The Aurora Group and local businesses in the local communities.


When the time comes to move on from Orchard Manor, you will be supported to visit other homes and explore the opportunities a new home can provide. We will support the new home to understand your needs and help you settle in.

Our Service and Facilities

The Skills Centre and Orchard Manor is situated in the village of Meldreth, just ten miles south of Cambridge, on the Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border. Facilities include:

  • Accessible learning environments

  • Hoists available throughout the site

  • Hard and soft outdoor space

  • Residential flats 

  • Shared Hydrotherapy pool and Rebound therapy facilities with Meldreth Manor School

  • ICT suite

  • Adapted kitchen

  • Sensory room

  • Music room

  • Art room

Within the village of Meldreth there is a small local shop and pub which the young people use regularly. The town of Royston and city of Cambridge are only a short drive away


We have a simple role at Orchard Manor. It’s to make the young people’s lives awesome. Now that word ‘awesome’ means something unique to each and every one of us, which is why we offer completely personalised supported living and care to meet every individuals needs.

We are a CQC Outstanding registered care home and offer flexible 52-week residential placements for young adults aged 19 – 30 years old and specialise in supporting those of you with complex health needs. For those who require it we offer 1:1 support throughout the day. Our support workers work with the young people using a number of techniques to allow them to express their likes, dislikes, wants, needs and dreams to ensure every day at Orchard is awesome.

Orchard Manor is registered for 31 beds which is available in a range of designed flats, from a busy 9 bed flat, to a small 2 bed flat. Every room is large and wheelchair accessible and can be equipped with assisted technology where required. Every flat has a kitchen where the young people are able to get involved in preparing meals, and there is also a lounge for residents to relax and socialise with their flatmates in.

In the evenings after an action-packed day, they can either head back to their flat to relax in their room, socialise with their flatmates in the communal areas, or head into the local village or neighbouring town.

How to find us

  • Orchard Manor is within easy access of the A1 and M11 (Junction 11).

  • Meldreth train station, with mainline links to London and Cambridge, is approximately a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive away from Orchard. 


Contact Details

Address: Aurora Orchard Manor, Fenny Lane, Meldreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6LG

Tel: 01763 268000

Email: orchard.manor@the-aurora-group.com 

Registered Manager: Cathy Rundell

Principal: Rob Bates

Proprietor: Stephen Bradshaw

The Aurora Group, Manor Farm Offices, Corsley, Wiltshire, BA12 7QE

Tel: 020 3617 0170


Policies and Information

CQC Report - June 2017

Safeguarding Policy - click here to view or download

Compliments and Complaints*  - click here to view or download

*the number of formal complaints are available upon request

Introduction to Orchard Manor - Click here to view or download