Our primary aim is to provide a safe environment for which young people in our care can develop both physically and emotionally and to provide them with the opportunity to enjoy a level of independence that might otherwise have been denied to them. We are a proud, hard-working team who believe communication and high standards of house-keeping are the key to success. We recognise that being in care isn’t easy for the young people and we aim to provide a positive atmosphere, offering support and guidance along the way. Staff are fully equipped with a fountain of knowledge of the local area and will actively encourage our residents to take part in as many activities as possible including swimming, quad-biking, pool, ten-pin bowling and many more.


Merdeka, is a three-storey townhouse and can accommodate two young people, all young people moving into the home will be supported with a 1.5:1 or 2:1 staffing ratio and this will be assessed depending on the young persons needs. We seek to ensure that all young people's education needs are met whether this is through a mainstream or alternative provision, with the support for the care team, our young people have had much success in both.

Dawn Dunkley

L3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (L3 CYPW), L3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (L3 Assessor), L5 Diploma for Leadership and Management in Residential Childcare (L5 RCC), Advanced Certificate in Non-Violent Resistance (Accredited by Partnership Projects).


I have been working for Anderida since July 2012. Prior to this, I worked in agriculture on my family’s dairy farm. Starting as a bank mentor, I completed my Level 3 diploma and was keen to progress within the company and gain more experience to support my development. I have since progressed through various roles and have achieved an assessors award, Level 5 diploma and NVR certificate, and started managing Merdeka in 2018.


I endeavor to lead my team to support our young people to reach their full potential, drawing on therapeutic models with a high efficacy such as CBT and NVR. I am committed to making a caring supportive home that the young people can prepare and develop themselves ready for independence with good role modelling from the team. Merdeka aim to empower the young people to do the best they can and grow into adults that are able to be successful and lead a healthy independent lives.

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