The grounds of Otterhayes are contained within 4 acres of Devon countryside. There are large lawns and walled gardens where residents can enjoy outdoor games such as badminton, rounders, football or maybe just somewhere to relax.
As well as the houses on site, there are also other buildings which can cater for different day care activities and hobbies.
The art room is equipped with all manner of paints, materials and paper where the residents can express their creative side. Each year the residents enter the Ottery Carnival and have had such themes as, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter to name but a few.
Next to the Art Room is the Community Hut. This is a log cabin style building used for various different activities. The main role is as a drama therapy room but it is also used for things like; discos, watching films on the big screen, karaoke, parties and meetings.
While the workshop is primarily used for maintenance for Otterhayes it is also used as a place where the residents can make things under close supervision from staff. Projects to date have included; bird boxes, giant Meccano, wooden potting trays and a garden trolley.
The Training Kitchen is a place where residents can work one-to-one with a member of staff to improve their prepapration and cooking skills.
In November 2010, Otterhayes was awarded a grant of nearly £10,000 from the Social Care Institute of Excellence to purchase IT equipment. This money was used to set up a classroom environment where residents can come and learn all about using computers from sending emails and surfing the internet to video conferencing and manipulating photos. There is software to help teach residents life skills such as health and hygiene and about saving energy as well as software for learning about the world. The room is equipped with 4 PCs with webcams, an interactive whiteboard connected to a laptop and a printer.
As well as indoor activities we also have a vegetable patch and polytunnel where the residents can have a go at planting, growing (and of course eating) their own fruit and vegetables. Residents are actively encouraged to help out with the all aspects of the process from sowing the seeds to watering and weeding to harvesting the crops.
The Otterhayes Trust
Ottery St. Mary
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