The Orchard

  • Age Range
    8-16
  • Capacity
    Up to 3
  • Gender
    Female and Male
  • Length
  • Location
    Taunton

The Orchard is a detached house set in beautiful surroundings on the Somerset levels, in a hamlet near the village of North Curry. Despite the very rural surroundings, there is good public transport and the county town of Taunton is close by.

The home is surrounded mostly by fields of cows and sheep. There are grassed gardens where we can choose to eat and socialise during summer months, and a neighbour’s friendly ginger cat pays a visit every now and then.

It is a safe, warm and welcoming home where we support children to learn better ways to cope and express their emotions, and to learn to self-regulate and keep safe.

We strive to give them a positive part of childhood where they have both achieved and made lifelong happy memories. We also pride ourselves on attention to detail, shown in the small, homely and meaningful touches that make a house a home. In this we look to create childhoods that are much more than simply ‘good enough’. We provide well-planned and managed placements and genuine care for children and young people, enabling them to thrive and work towards achieving positive outcomes.

“I have only been here a week and it already feels like home. Best place ever.”
Young person, 2018

Permanence-planning is our overall focus for any young person who comes to live at The Orchard. From the very start of the placement we work on specific areas, focused on delivering the best possible outcome for permanence. These could be:

  • Preparation for independence
  • A return home
  • Transition to a placement closer to the family
  • Return to a previous placement
  • Foster care.
  • To discuss availability, please talk to our Placements Team:

    0800 389 8708

    Making a referral

    If you would like to discuss a placement with our Education service, please contact our referrals team for more information: 0800 3898708 (Option 3)

    If you would like to find out more or discuss any aspect of our service for a child or young person, please contact Mark Barcroft at: education@five-rivers.org / 07540 760 104
    Five Rivers Child Care Ltd
    47 Bedwin Street
    Salisbury
    Wiltshire
    SP13UT

    T: 01722 435750
    F: 01722 435797

    Apply to Foster

    Do you feel you have the energy and true commitment to make a positive difference to a child’s or young person’s life?

    Apply to foster