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The Nest

The Nest is situated in a quiet area of Ashford in its own grounds. Orignally built in the 1960s it has been completely refurbished to provide a 10 week intervention programme for people who have a learning disability, and who also may have other needs such as Autism and/or Mental Health conditions. Its primary aim is to support individuals with challenging behaviours.

Facilities: Downstairs there are three single occupancy en-suite bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen/diner, sensory room and soft/safe space area. Doors lead out to an enclosed garden. Upstairs there is an office, staff sleeping in accommodation, bathroom and a small meeting room.


Transport:  There is a regular bus service to and from the town centre and good road and rail links. The unit has its own vehicle.


Activities: The use of a vehicle means that young people can also experience a range of different activities in the wider geographical area.

All activity both on site and off, is aimed at encouraging independence and self-worth in all the individuals who access the service.


The team at the Nest are highly trained in Positive Behavioural Support techniques and approaches and will use a Periodic Service Review approach to ensure the highest level of quality and consistency of support is delivered to pro-actively support the young people accessing the Nest. The team will also be trained in physical intervention techniques which are known as “Team Teach”.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Katrina Malone
Contact Position
Interim Registered Manager

Please note you need to be referred to this service through Kent County Council Social Care Services.

Where to go

The Nest
The Nest, Rear of Fairlawn
Kingsnorth Road
TN23 6LY

Other Details

Cost details
There may be a charge for this service depending upon financial assessment.

Other KCC young people's respite centres. Bluebells Detling, Fairlawn Ashford, Sunrise Tunbridge Wells and Treetops Dartford.


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