Life at Askham Village Community

At Askham Village Community we believe life is for living, so our facility has been purposefully set up to maximise the opportunities to enjoy it to the fullest! Both residents and the public can come to Askham and make the most of what we have together in an open public environment. Interaction with the community is essential and we encourage this at Askham.

Our Facilities


Across the seven acre site, Askham is designed as a unique village community which facilitates an improved quality of life for all who live there. Each home has been designed with its inhabitants in mind and is equipped accordingly.

A combination of the below features are found in the accommodation:

  • En Suite bathrooms to ensure dignity is preserved
  • Overhead tracking and hoisting facilities support mobility
  • Internal and external bedroom doors give individuals greater independence
  • Accessible kitchen facilities enable some to provide for themselves
  • Personal garden plots attached to each room
  • Portrait windows visible from the bed side
  • Assisted bathing facilities with state of the art equipment
  • Fully remote controlled profiling beds with air mattresses where needed

     Residents and visitors can enjoy a number of recreational facilities which are safe and easy to access, being out of the home but still on site:

    • Cafe open seven days per week providing hot and cold snacks
    • Gardens to enjoy sensory stimulation and interact with the natural world

    Askham Rehab

    Askham Rehab is now able to deliver pioneering robotics expertise as part of its rehabilitation offering. Building on ten years of experience in specialist neurorehabilitation, Askham is now bringing all its rehab services together with the launch of Askham Rehab, a specialist rehabilitation service incorporating cutting-edge robotics and sensor assisted technology.

    Accessible to all residents as well as available by appointment are our other rehabilitation facilities which come as part of our rehabilitation offering:

    • Hydrotherapy pool for hire with or without trained staff
    • Physiotherapy gym with the latest kit including FES, tilt table, and arm/ leg bike
    • Numerous consulting rooms for Speech & Language or other inputs
    • Training room set up with utilities and kitchen fit out for occupational therapy input

    Askham World Gardens

    Here at Askham Village Community we understand the importance of a peaceful environment. Whether you prefer to follow meandering paths, or sit quietly at your window and watch the butterflies, the Askham Gardens bring a sense of relaxation that can not be achieved through any other means.

    Inspired by eastern philosophies, the gardens  bring together sounds, smells and sights to generate a sensory experience that calms and warms all who pass through. In the words of the Aga Khan IV, ‘…gardens are a place where, whatever difficult moments come our way, we can always find, in the flow of refreshing water, a reminder of … blessing’.

    The central courtyard is Askham’s very own char bagh, quadrants separated by streams of water running towards a central fountain thereby representing aspects of what some believe to have been present in the gardens of paradise.

    The studies behind horticultural therapy suggest that quality of life is increased manifold with proximity to nature. At Askham the interaction between buildings, people, and the gardens is based on this same thinking. The gardens are open to the public as well as all being enjoyed by all members of the Askham Community. In the quiet serenity you may hear Residents, their families and friends and staff chit chatting, enjoying the expanse of the courtyard or simply trying to work out which plant comes from where?

    When the weather permits, the landscaped gardens become an extension to the café.


    Askham Café

    Open daily – 10.30am to 4.30pm (during this period the Café is closed due to the Covid-19 restrictions)

    The  unique environment of the Askham Village Community Café, is rapidly becoming a hub for all social interaction! Used by both the residents and their family/friends; whilst staff can also take time out to just relax and mix with others. In Spring, Summer and Autumn, the Café is extended into the sheltered courtyard where residents, staff and visitors bask in the warmth of the sun, enjoy the litany of colours and differential gardens that are fast becoming an attraction in themselves.


    • Enjoy a Fairtrade Coffee and a selection of tasty snacks

    AVC Training

    AVC Training is part of Askham Village Community. 

    AVC Training is a purpose built, state of the art training facility seeking to support learning and development. We offer mandatory and specialist courses for Health and Social care which are reviewed by our rigorous quality assurance team and are updated regularly. We will endeavour, wherever possible, to tailor your learning experience to your own operating environments and our staff are happy to discuss individual training requirements.

    Download a copy of our Service User Guide including our Terms and Conditions of Residency