Southwell Accommodation Project
What we want to do
Reach is preparing to build quality accommodation for 12 people with learning disabilities in Southwell.
We aim to create a home in the true sense of the word - not a care home, but a home rooted in the local community offering tenants opportunity to enjoy Southwell life as active, engaged and happy citizens.
Many Reach clients live at home with older family carers in their seventies and eighties. Others are living in short-term rental lets offering little security or stability. This is not unusual. Nationally, two-thirds of adults with learning disabilities live with their families, usually their parents. Often this is due to the lack of affordable, quality housing in their local community.
Families delay decisions about the future because there simply is no acceptable alternative.
Inevitably, alternatives must be found due to parental illness or death. People with learning disabilities often find they must move away from their community to new locations, losing friends, family and support in one go, sometimes facing multiple moves.
In rural localities like Southwell, affordable accommodation options are especially limited. This was one of the key issues our trustees sought to address when Reach started life as Southwell Care Project in 1999. It has not been easy to make progress with our accommodation plans, but with families facing crisis situations, we have kept on seeking creative solutions.
Progress so far
In 2018, Reach was gifted land and property on a large housing development site in Southwell. This set the wheels in motion. For over two years, trustees and staff have worked with experts including Allan Joyce architects to plan our build. All necessary permissions and designs are now in place. Clients, families and Reach Care staff have shared their views on what makes a welcoming home.
The 12 tenants will be selected through a fair and transparent process. Criteria include urgency of need for a home in our rural community, parental age and illness and stability of current arrangements.
Two linked houses catering for six tenants each
A specification exceeding what is normally available to people with learning disabilities, including well-proportioned rooms and en-suite facilities
Environmentally sustainabile, utilising innovative ecotechnology with low maintenance and running costs
Pleasant communal areas for socialising and relaxation
A secluded one acre plot, pleasantly landscaped with mature trees and plenty of green space for gardening and leisure
A convenient location from which to access community facilities including shops, park, leisure centre, bus routes and day service activities at Reach Southwell and Flower Pod
Making a difference
Our next step is to continue working towards our target to raise £1.4 million so that we can commence our build. You can read more about our community fundraising appeal here.
We hope to share our learning with other voluntary groups seeking to be innovative about housing solutions for people with learning disabilities.
We hope our supporters will help us create a long-term asset in Southwell that will benefit people with learning disabilities and their families both today and for years to come.
Together we can build a home that lays the foundations for happier, healthier lives.
What we want to do
We seek to build great accommodation in Southwell for 12 people with learning disabilities, providing families with peace of mind – both now and for future generations.
Our aim is to create a home in the true sense of the word - not a care home, but a home rooted in the local community offering residents plenty of opportunity to enjoy life as active citizens in Southwell.
Providing a proper home for the future was one of the priority issues for our founding trustees when they set up the charity in 1999.
Across the country, the lack of quality housing options means that people with learning disabilities remain living at home with their parents for most of their adult lives. This is a particular problem in rural localities like Southwell where accommodation choices are very limited. We know many parents in their seventies and eighties who are still caring at home for their son or daughter with a learning disability.
Once this is no longer a viable arrangement, families find that there is no choice but for the person with a learning disability to have to move to a new area, losing friends, family and support in one go.
Making it happen
It has not been easy to fund our accommodation project to fruition. But families’ increasingly urgent need has fuelled our determination to pursue our goal.
In 2018, the goal at last became achievable following a gift of land and property on a large housing development site in Southwell. All necessary permissions and designs are now in place. Our next step is to raise over £1 million to enable us to commence the actual build. £400,000 funding is already in place.
We are now excited to announce that thanks to a generous local donor we can offer £125,000 as ‘matched-funding’ to support our local fundraising campaign. This means for every £1 raised by the community, a further £1 will be released from the matching pot.
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Making a difference to our community
By supporting this project you will be helping to create a long-term asset in Southwell that will benefit people with learning disabilities and their families both today and for years to come.
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Our accommodation will be fit for the future, built to an environmentally sustainable, innovative specification with low maintenance and running costs. It will offer well-proportioned rooms, en-suite facilities and pleasant communal areas. We hope our project will offer a best practice model for other community organisations seeking to find innovative accommodation solutions.
We think it is a project to be proud of and we hope that local people will join with us to make it happen.
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We have now applied for revised planning permission for our supported living accommodation in Halloughton Road in Southwell. This project is the realisation of the hopes and dreams of our founding trustees, and will provide a real home for adults with learning disabilities in the community where they grew up and are known.
The new building will provide purpose built supported living accommodation for 12 adults with learning disabilities.
Our planning application is for a pair of semi-detached houses each containing 6 assisted living units with their own shower room and private balcony or terrace facing onto the rear garden. The houses will each have a shared kitchen/dining/living room and a separate quiet living area.
Making it happen
We will embark on a major capital funding programme to enable us to raise the £1m+ required to build our accommodation. Could you donate to help create a place to call home for adults with learning disabilities in Southwell?
To find out more please email Reach’s Chief Executive Steve Shatwell on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01636 819066.