Opened by Ray and Violet Sinden in 1968, Kenward Trust has been treating addiction and helping the homeless in England for more than 46 years. Originally, the Sindens invited those in need an apartment to their main residence for meals and bible study. Over time, the property became overcrowded so they invested in their first facility, Kenward House. The program has since expanded to include three residential homes, one extended care residential home and four sober living homes. Two of the three residential homes, Kenward House and Kenward Barn, are male-only and are both located in the village of Yalding, Kent. While Kenward Trust is a Christian organization, it stresses that programs are not faith-based and all walks of life are welcome.
Accommodations and Food
Both Kenward House and Kenward Barn are located on a sprawling 15-acre property in the English countryside. Kenward House is a massive country home that can accommodate 30 (22 single rooms, four double-occupancy rooms), while Kenward Barn is a cozy, converted barn that can accommodate eight (four single rooms, two double-occupancy rooms). The rooms have twin beds, windows that give the rooms fresh, natural light, nightstands and desks. Both homes have common areas with televisions. Kenward House also has an arts and crafts room, a computer room (without Internet access), a patio area and a large vegetable garden, while the Kenward Barn features a leisure area with a shared gym, squash court, a billiard table and a table tennis area.
Residents are served three meals a day during their stay with Kenward Trust. Food tends to be healthy—think salads and lots of vegetables—but also features traditional and hearty options like beef dishes, Shepherd’s Pie and the occasional fish and chips.
Treatment and Staff
Kenward Trust uses a cognitive, holistic approach to treat addiction. The program requires each resident to make weekly and sometimes daily goals for therapy and involves a substantial amount of life skills and/or vocational training, depending on a resident’s needs. To determine a resident’s needs, each client is guided by a “key worker” who develops an individualized plan for therapy and continues to work with the resident throughout treatment. The program can last anywhere from three to six months.
Treatment includes group therapy, relapse prevention, Motivational Interviewing (MI), workshops on such topics as attachment and loss, moving forward, relationships in recovery and self-defeating patterns, 12-step meetings, basic literacy and numeracy training, computer training, work therapy such as volunteering in the community, and life skills training which includes anger, stress and anxiety management, social skills, self-esteem building, budgeting and healthy eating.
Kenward Trust also offers experiential therapies including art therapy and horticultural therapy and encourages residents to exercise regularly using the on-site amenities or at a gym in one of the nearby village (escorted by staff). Individual therapy is available but at a cost of $69 a session.
A typical day begins with a 7:15 am wake-up, followed by breakfast, chores and either morning exercise or a morning reflection group. Residents then have three group therapy sessions, possibly the Here & Now group, the Faith & Hope group and another group on relapse prevention. After lunch at 1 pm, clients may work with their key worker, complete 12-step work or attend a 12-step meeting, have another group, engage in occupational, vocational or educational activities or enjoy recreation time. Residents have dinner at 7:15 pm and then free time until 10:30 pm, which is the recommended bedtime.
Staff includes licensed therapists, administrative staff and a pastoral care worker. The staff-to-resident ratio at both facilities is about one-to-three or less, with staff present on-site at all times.
A family program is available for those with family in the area. Kenward family services include workshops, therapy sessions, play therapy for younger family members and access to family support groups. These services are not included in total cost of treatment and cost $76 or more per session.
Kenward Trust also offers residents the opportunity to attend a monthly religious service and its chaplain holds an Exploring Christianity course for residents.
After treatment at the Kenward House or Kenward Barn, grads can enroll in the extended care residential program, the Malthouse Project, which can accommodate eight and is located in Uckfield, East Sussex. While at the Malthouse, they continue regular group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention, life skills training, 12-step meetings and educational training in numeracy and IT if needed. Kenward also encourages Malthouse Project residents to volunteer in the community and attend regular art therapy. This program features a greater emphasis on vocational and educational training and can last from six months to a year.
Residents can also choose to live in one of four sober living homes in Kent for up to two years. Three of the homes can accommodate up to five residents each while the other accommodates four. One facility is male-only and the other three are co-ed. Clients attend weekly house meetings and continue meeting with a key worker.
Kenward Trust is a great choice for affordable care in the Kent area. The treatment is particularly ideal for those seeking vocational and educational resources as well as a private room (space permitting) and an idyllic setting.
Yalding, Kent ME18 6AH
Kenward Trust Cost: $3,611 or $4,345 (30 days). Reach Kenward Trust by phone at (+44 from the US) (162) 281-6086 or via email at [email protected]. Find Kenward Trust on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn
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