Reports show that in today’s modern world, where people are ‘online and connected’ 24 hours a day, they are less likely to know their neighbours. This can lead to a sense of loss of community, isolation and loneliness.

For people with disabilities, this risk of being isolated from the local community is even greater. At The Richardson Partnership for Care, there is a sense of community within each home and a choice of communal spaces, so services users can choose what to do and who to socialise with. Service users also have their own programme of activities, which is designed to support them in their development, as part of their care plan.

However, sometimes there is nothing quite like going to the local pub for a meal. Routine and familiarity are very important for many of our service users with learning difficulties and they particularly like going to The Cock, in Kingsthorpe, Northampton. It’s a comfortable and friendly place to be and it’s run by Rob and Liz who are always happy and welcoming towards our service users. They have a great rapport with our staff and service users and do what they can to support positive experiences for the individuals in our care.

Rob the manager
Rob, the Manager at The Cock

And it’s not just staff at ‘The Cock’ who are friendly. Many of the regulars also have time for the service users and this supports important social relationships within the community. It really does make their local pub feel like it’s their local too.

Delicious and great value food, whether it’s ‘Cowboy burger and chips’ or ‘curry night’, mean that this a favourite place for many of our service users and it’s frequently requested when we’re discussing social activities. Along with Rob and Liz, we would like to thank Mark the chef and staff members Shan, Beth and Claire who also play an important role in welcoming and supporting our service users when they visit The Cock.

The Cock is on Harborough Road at the Cock Hotel Junction, serves food daily from 12 noon until 7:30pm and is open from 12 noon till 11pm. You can contact Rob and Liz on 01604 715 221 and find out more at https://www.facebook.com/thecock.northampton

The Cock, Kingsthorpe
The Cock, Kingsthorpe – our local pub
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