Care home for disabled set up by Nottinghamshire community rated ‘outstanding’ by inspectors

A charity care home which looks after adults with learning disabilities has been declared ‘outstanding’ by inspectors. The Oaklands in Warsop was set up by the local community 30 years ago and is still run as a charity to provide care for 20 adults with disabilities. The home’s 56-year-old manager for the past three and a half years, David Wint, born and raised in Mansfield, believed the success was down to his team and how hard they worked to be as inclusive as possible. In particular he thought the home benefited from the range of activities they put on such as discos, plays, pub lunches and bingo nights and said they were “more of a family than a care home”. He added: “We are absolutely delighted, it is the culmination of four years’ hard work and I am so proud of the team.” The Oaklands has three separate bungalows for residents with mental health needs, learning disabilities or an autistic spectrum disorder with around eight also visiting for a short respite period. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care.