Our support centres


Ash Lodge- Day Services and Respite Services:

Ability provides a range of services for adults with learning disabilities, autism, behaviours that challenge, mental health conditions and complex health needs.

Our service at Ash Lodge provides a day centre for these adults to attend and offer respite care for the adults. We have seven bedrooms within our respite service and these are booked through our regular booking system.

All our care is tailored to the adult’s personal needs and requirements, we aim to encourage the adults to be as independent as they possibly can with the support from our Support Workers.

Ash Lodge includes:
  • Working on independent skills such as; preparing and cooking a meal, making a cold or hot drink (with staff observation and support), using their practical and theoretical skills where needed and helping staff to load the washer, drier and dishwasher
  • Staff will encourage the adults to be independent within their personal care needs and will assist in any areas should it be required
  • Staff will assist them with appointments such as; doctors, hospital, dentist, opticians or any other specialist requirements
  • Staff members also encourage the adults to lead a healthy lifestyle, whether this is through, dietary needs, exercise plans or involving specialist help from external agencies

Church Close- Supported Living

Church Close is our supported living service. Here we offer support to individuals wishing to lead a more independent lifestyle with the appropriate support to engage in the local community and develop independent skills. We have a fantastic hard working staff team that are trained to meet individual needs and requirements.

Church close supported living includes:
  •   A service to suit an individual’s needs- Person centred approach
  •   Support with day to day routines- healthcare, personal care, medication and meal preparation
  •   All individuals are supported to their own personal budgets
  •   We have specialist equipment to suit an individual’s needs including a tracking hoist, a shower bench, bath seats and profiling beds
  •   A highly dedicated team of staff who have the skills to help motivate and enhance the lifestyles of each individual we support
  •   Support and guidance to integrate within the local community
  •   Life choice support
  •   Support to access community centres and day centres to meet new friends

Victoria Street - Day services

Victoria street centre provides a day service for adults from ages 40 and over. The building at Victoria Street is on one level and spacious allowing plenty of room for everyone to move around.

The day services at Victoria Street include:
  • A sensory room, with an overhead projector fitted and sensory equipment. There is a wet room with shower, a changing bench and electrical hoists
  • We provide activities like art/crafts, sewing, computers, literacy, baking and outings in community
  • Two minibuses are available one has a tail lift to support service users with mobility difficulties
  • The minibuses also provide transport to and from the daycentre, picking up from service users homes. We also offer one to one support service
  • We have a large restaurant on the premises and we do a choice of meals, hot meals daily and lighter snacks. We cater for low fat diets and vegetarian dishes
  • Every Tuesday evening there is a gateway club, a social group for adults aged 18 and over. Times 5.30pm – 8.30pm with a monthly disco and buffet. Activity based art/crafts, bingo, baking, film club and indoor games


Mrs X – Chesterfield

Ability provide a fantastic level of service and support to our daughter who suffers from learning disabilities. The charity is made up of special and caring staff and volunteers who have helped to transform our daughter’s life.

Mrs X

Mrs C

My daughter is currently enjoying her day care and respite services at Ability. She loves taking part in all the activities and enjoys socialising and interacting with all her staff and friends at Ability. My daughter always has a beaming smile when she returns home

Mrs C