Ashcroft and Covid-19

At Ashcroft we have taken the threat which Covid-19 brings to the people we support and our staff very seriously.

We developed our Covid-19 Plan in February.  This led our services to prepare well, for example by introducing social distancing, ramping up infection control measures and ensuring good stocks of consumables and provisions.

We instructed services to lockdown on 4 March.  From this point forward our services have received no external visitors except for essential maintenance and the people we support have stayed at home, only leaving in accordance with Government regulations.

Through March we turned our services into fortresses.  We stopped cross-service working, reduced agency use to a minimum and re-structured shift patterns to reduce the risk of infection. 

We also recognised at an early point that if infection was going to reach our services, then it would most likely to be brought in unknowingly by a member of staff.  This led us to adopt a raft of measures to keep our staff safe from harm.

We have stayed on the case.  We have kept abreast of external advice and guidance.  Our plans are reviewed and updated regularly.  Our management has stayed focused.  We have communicated effectively with our staff and services.  Our staff have been outstanding.

Remarkably, the people we support have responded really well to their change of routine and social isolation.  Our teams have brought great positivity to their work, and their unbounded creativity and energy has ensured that we have maintained high standards of service.

We have recently embraced staff testing with the introduction of an inconvenient but very necessary weekly testing regime.  This has already proven successful in identifying asymptomatic carriers before they were able to being the virus into our services.  We are hugely grateful to our staff for their compliance.

Moving forward we will avoid complacency, support our staff to stay safe and maintain our focus.  We were swift to act at the start, and we will be cautious as lockdown is relaxed. 

If you have any questions about Ashcroft’s approach to covid-19 please contact our Chairman, David Holmes, at David.Holmes@ashcroftsupport.com.


We all have the potential to live extraordinary lives.

People with learning disabilities are just people, and all people have the potential to live extraordinary lives.

Ashcroft advocates passionately for people with learning disabilities.  We will never accept that a disability should restrict, constrain, prevent or block.  We want to see disabled people live life to the full.  We encourage people to reach for the stars, to take a chance, to give it a go.  We challenge assumptions and question the status quo. We never accept ‘no’ for an answer.

So whether a person hopes to find a job, move in with their mates, run the Brighton marathon, go clubbing in Ibiza or simply to fall in love, we will be there to help make it happen. Life is for living. No limits. 

Would you like to work with us? 

Working with adults with learning disabilities might not be for you.......you need to have ethics, energy and empathy. But if you have those things then this could be a fabuous career for you. 

Ashcroft provide on-the-job training, a supportive and embracing organisation and flexible working. We are now also able to offer full or part-time, temporary or permanent roles with the opportunity to take on short term contracts if required.

We currently have support worker roles available in Horley, Redhill, Copthorne, Crawley and Horsham. To find out more email jobs@ashcroftsupport.com or call 01293 826200.