Wellhead Lane

Quality Care for Young Adults

We are a high quality care service and provide an environment within which young adults with autism, learning disabilities and associated difficulties can continue their journey of personal development.

At all times our young people will have access to an array of opportunities which include: -

  • Lifelong learning
  • The development of greater independence
  • The promotion of self-esteem and confidence, and
  • The emergence of emotional resilience and individual coping strategies


Jeanette Sims - Manager of Wellhead LaneJeanette Sims - Manager

I am Jeanette Sims and I feel very lucky to be the Manager here at Wellhead Lane alongside my deputy Manager Tina Marsden and our specialist staff team.

My qualifications, experience and skills base are within the therapeutic, care and education sectors where I have worked for seventeen years.

I have worked in various local schools, sixth forms, the youth service and in safeguarding but predominantly I worked within a residential special school for children with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum where I remained for over 8 years. This school worked to, achieved and sustained outstanding grading from OFSTED for its welfare of children and young adults during my time as Therapy Manager.


It is our belief that just because you have your 18th birthday it does not mean that you may be totally ready for independence. Wellhead Lane will be an opportunity to move on from school or college to the next steps of young adulthood. It is a beautiful house in a lovely town which has lots of interesting things available for filling your time. The home is small enough to feel like a group of friends choosing to move into a house share but has a large amount of space both inside and out.

Wellhead Lane provides a perfect stepping stone for young adults to further their skills in; self-care, independence, social and emotional resilience, hobbies and interests, community integration, self-esteem and confidence, relationships, and social

We offer a safe and structured environment providing dynamic care delivered by a team of highly specialist practitioners. This includes a registered nurse, a qualified teacher of Special Educational Needs, a counsellor with significant experience in autism, an Educational Psychologist who has taught the Post Graduate Certificate in Autism at university. Our young people are both charged with and empowered to be actively involved in the running and development of the home. We treat our young people as individuals and with the same respect as we would want ourselves or for a family member.