Outside gowlands High ResGowlands has been providing a short break service to young people and adults with a range of disabilities aged 16 upwards, since 1998.  These disabilities include learning disability, sensory impairment, physical disability, behaviour that may be challenging and complex health care needs.

This service can be accessed by anyone requiring short break provision, including young adults who have outgrown our similar children’s service – Hamelin House.

The staff team at Gowlands have the necessary experience and training to meet the diverse needs of the guests who come to stay. Staff are given regular opportunities to develop and extend their knowledge and experience.

A keyworker system is in place, which is central to the coordination of all aspects of care and support offered to each guest.  This ensures the support given is tailored to the individual’s needs and provides a person centred service. We work in close partnership with parents/carers and guests as well as other professionals involved with the individual to maintain a joined up approach.


Gowlands provide a stimulating but relaxed, supportive friendly environment to enable guests to enjoy their stays away from home. The development of individuality and independence is encouraged and guests spending social time with their peers further facilitates this. The service also ensures carers receive a much valued short break from the day-to-day pressures involved in caring, knowing that their son or daughter is in a safe environment.  Guests are encouraged to bring family photos and other personal belongings with them, to give comfort of having familiar things around them.

Whilst staying at Gowlands most guests are still able to attend their usual school or day service provision, which provides continuity whilst away from home.  We also offer a range of activities in house, for example, our sensory room, music sessions and cooking.  We also visit places of interest in the local community, chosen by the individual such as day trips and clubs and Hamelin Trust has a variety of wheelchair accessible vehicles, which are used daily to support this.

The service is set in five and a half acres of grounds which incorporates a safe walled garden area which all can access. There is also a woodland area, an orchard, hydrotherapy pool and our Roots and Shoots project.

This service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, please follow the CQC link for details


Contact Details

Manager: Carol Morrell

Tel: 01702 541761

Address: Gowlands, Sutton Bridge Farm, Sutton Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1XS

Email: gowlands@hamelintrust.org.uk


For more information please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone or e-mail, we are happy to help!