A service providing for people with learning disabilities in Stroud has been given a 'Good' rating by inspectors.

National learning disabilities charity Hft supports seven people to live independently in a residential setting

A published report following its inspection described the service as being “tailored to meet the needs of individuals” and found that people were “given opportunities to live a fulfilled and meaningful life.”

Adult social care services are inspected by CQC to determine whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. The service was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the responsive category and ‘Good’ in the other four.

The report follows the success of a neighbouring Hft service in Stroud, which was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in December last year.

Inspectors noted that staff members had a creative and person-centred approach to support, meaning that people were able to “exercise more control over their lives and experience greater levels of inclusion, independence and choice” and that people were empowered to be involved in the local community.

As part of the inspection, feedback was gathered from supported people and their relatives who were found to be “extremely positive” about care at the service, reporting that people were supported “in a sensitive and compassionate manner by a very caring staff team.”

One relative said: “It’s definitely an impressive place. They cater to everyone’s level of need.”

Kathleen Howitt, registered cluster manager, said: “The people we support are at the heart of everything we do and we have a brilliant staff team here who continually go the extra mile.

"We are delighted with our recent inspection rating, which we feel is a great reflection of our ongoing commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.”