A warm welcome to Fethneys
We provide support and rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries and severe physical disabilities. We are a transitional home — a typical stay could range from anything from a few months to a few years, depending on your needs. Some of the people who stay here go on to live in their own accommodation with support.
We’re based in the seaside town of Worthing which has a good range of shops, restaurants and pubs. There’s an accessible swimming pool and gym just round the corner which all our residents are members of. We’re also just a short distance from Brighton which is a great place for days or nights out.
Facilities for you
Fethneys is a recently refurbished Victorian house with 10 bedrooms. We also have a flat with its own cooking facilities which is available when you are nearly ready to move on. The aim of the flat is to replicate the support that you will have in the community when you leave.
Our facilities include:
- 10 bedrooms
- good-sized, accessible garden
- computer facilities including wifi, Eyegaze software and games consoles
- brand new accessible kitchen where you can prepare your own meals
Our menus are planned by residents and staff and we hold regular themed food nights. We arrange breakfast and dinner, and support you to organise your own lunch.
You’re free to do whatever you would like to do while you’re here, and there’s no pressure to get involved. But if you tell us there is something you want to do or somewhere you want to go, we will try and arrange it. We encourage you to go out on your own in the community, whether that’s to the end of the road or a trip into Brighton, whatever you feel confident doing.
We organise a range of activities and events at the home, depending on what our residents want to do, such as film discussion groups, beauty nights and barbecues. We also arrange trips out, including to the beach, nightclubs, local pubs and the cinema.
‘My name’s Ryan and I’ve lived at Fethneys for just over two years. Fethneys really encourages us to be more independent, and we get a lot of freedom.
‘There’s plenty to do in Worthing — loads of pubs, a few cinemas and a wide variety of shops. We’re also not far from the sea, and it’s nice to walk along the beach, or grab an ice cream or drink from one of the local cafés along the seafront.
‘The staff here are really nice. They don’t feel like staff — it’s more like having friends that come round to your house and say, do you fancy doing this today? If we come up with activities that we’d like to do they’ll try and arrange it.
‘My independence has improved quite a lot since I came here. Before, I wouldn’t go out on my own independently, but now I go to all sorts of different places by myself. I’ve also just started doing my A levels at college. It’s a life-changing experience for me.’