About Appletree Support Ltd

Our Story

In 2007 Appletree was established by Jo Stephens, a registered social worker for disabled children and young people and Kellie Allen a registered nurse.

Having both worked in the public and private sector they believed they could offer a service with a difference taking into account the diverse needs of families caring for disabled children and young people.

The aim to provide a bespoke service which offered compassion and reassurance and at the same time offering the absolute highest quality care and support that they have the right to receive.

With a rigorous recruitment process and fine selection of our candidates, high quality training, support and detailed care planning, eight years on we have a very passionate and motivated workforce and some fantastic children and young people whom we are proud to be working with.

Our Management Team

Our management team has been carefully put together in order that the skills and experience of the team complement each other in order for us to provide a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to the children and young people who use our service .

Our PA and Care Team

Our team of support workers come from a variety of backgrounds, with skills and experience in both complex health and behavioural support. The undertake a full training programme and go through all necessary recruitment checks including a full DBS disclosure and satisfactory reference checking before they begin to work.

Example of a PA Profile

A snippet from our last CQC inspection:

We spoke with two people who used the service and four close relatives. They were all complimentary about the competence and suitability of the support workers. One person said they got on well with their support workers because they were “happy, jolly and sporty like me”. Another person’s relative said the support workers were “very efficient, very clued up and aware of the needs.” There was an effective recruitment process in place to ensure care workers were able to deliver the care and support required.


The Appletree Philosophy

We recognises that children and young people with disabilities need reliable and consistent care and support in order for them to live as independently as possible and thus structure all our services around individual needs. We believe that every child and their family have a right to a reliable and consistent support service that provides trained and experienced staff whom they are able to build positive relationships with. Every child has a right to a secure and happy childhood and should have equal opportunities to develop through learning and play. We believe every young person has a right to independence and choice. We strive to support young people to achieve their goals and aspirations. We treat all people with dignity and respect in a non-discriminatory, non-judgemental fashion.
We provide care and support to children and young people from the age of 0 months to 25 years of age. Through our short breaks, PA service and complex health care provision, we provide support for children and young people:- with a physical disability with a learning disability with challenging behaviour on the Autistic Spectrum with a sensory impairment with complex medical needs with a terminal illness

Appletree Support’s Promise

Promoting Independence and Choice we pride ourselves on offering care and support to disabled children and young people from dedicated and highly motivated PA and Care Team.

“The Buddy scheme has been excellent for my son, offering a person he could talk to, joke with and have as a friend when friendship is not something he usually has”

Mr J Portsmouth