Home Life

The Lantern Community aims to provide a variety of homes ranging from a two hundred year old cottage to modern houses for individuals who enjoy living together in high quality accommodation

The Houses

The houses are within easy and safe walking distance of each other, and are linked together by beautiful, communal green spaces. Social interaction is enhanced through the natural process of the interchange of invitations to share meals and visits to friends on social occasions.

In each house, there are supporters, Co-Workers (volunteers who reside in the house), Companions (residents) living, and working together to create a life sharing community in its own right. This creative activity of living together helps to build a trusting and caring environment. Companions have their own room, which allows for personal privacy.

Each person is supported in their domestic needs and encouraged to contribute and take responsibility for their home. Great emphasis is placed on interdependence; each individual contributing with the best of their abilities for the good of the whole house community.

Tenancy Agreement

Those Companions who live on the Lantern estate have tenancies, which are managed by East Boro Housing Trust.  Following a trial period, the majority of Companions hold Assured Tenancies, reflecting their long-term involvement in the community and their right to reside here. The Lantern Community offers suitable care and support to enable Companions to live in their own home and to be involved in the community but tenants who live on the estate are free to choose alternative service providers if they wish.

The attention to detail and a strong sense of rhythm is an important aspect of our homes, allowing the creativity of choice so that the individuality of all community members is expressed within a shared living space

Social & Cultural Life

Celebration is a fundamental element of our community. We celebrate each other as well as the community and the world around us through social events and festivals. 

The festivals celebrated in the Lantern Community are the core of the Cultural Life.

We follow the Spiral of the Year, inspired by the events celebrated in the Year and by Nature’s Seasons.

This gives the opportunity to be inspired in a creative and artistic way. By integrating the Arts and Crafts, we are expressing the social and spiritual dimension of our lives.

Following the Seasonal calendar, allows for an integration of events, gatherings and celebrations of other cultures from around the globe.

The festivals, in their holistic approach, encourage the individual to develop, interests, skills, personal and social awareness, and growth. Engaging a person in this way, can bring joy and meaning to their lives

Personal Care Services | Locations (Neighbourhoods) | Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Lantern Community offers Personal Care and Support services to people who live in or near The Lantern Community Estate or who use the Day Services on the estate.

Please see our Statement of Purpose for Personal Care Services for the variety of care and support we can provide.

The Lantern Community currently holds a certificate of registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the regulated activity ‘personal care’. The Lantern Community has three Locations on site, each with its own registered manager and support team. This ensures that companions can speak directly to the registered manager for their Location and that the care and support teams remain small enough to develop close relationships with everyone in their neighbourhood.

Field Maple


The Field Maple Location is home to 23 adults with varying support needs, who live in 4 houses.  We believe everyone’s contribution is valued, so all have tasks and responsibilities in the house and the Community. We have a strong work ethic, but we also have time for lots of fun together.

Willow End


The Willow End Location consists of 3 houses, and 13 adults with support needs share their homes with 2 or 3 live-in volunteer support workers in each house. Others join the houses during the day to provide and coordinate support and assist life-sharing in the houses.



Phoenix Location is made up of several homes for up to 17 adults with differing levels of ability. Our focus is to maintain and improve skills and activities of daily living in a safe and caring environment. All members of Team Phoenix, both companions and supporters, are treated with dignity and mutual respect and we have a good camaraderie and ethos of inclusivity.

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