Reach Learning Disability makes At Home In My Community attractive for Southwell housing


A charity needs the public’s help to raise £ 250,000 to create housing for people with learning disabilities.

Reach Learning Disability, with centers in Newark and Southwell, is launching its At Home In My Community appeal in hopes of raising enough money to build housing for 12 people with learning disabilities in Southwell.

Reach out to customers with learning disabilities who have green thumbs in the garden. (51030900)

Reach has already raised over £ 1million for the project through donations but needs this latest push to make it a reality.

He says his goal is to create a home in the truest sense – not a nursing home; but a home rooted in the community that empowers tenants to enjoy life as active, engaged and happy citizens.

Typical bedroom layout.  (51030859)
Typical bedroom layout. (51030859)

“Families are delaying decisions about the future because there is simply no acceptable alternative,” the Reach website read.

Housing design.  Credit: Allan Joyce Architects (51031117)
Housing design. Credit: Allan Joyce Architects (51031117)

“Inevitably, alternatives must be found due to the illness or death of a parent. People with learning disabilities often find that they have to leave their community for new places, losing friends, family and support in one go, sometimes facing multiple moves.

“In rural communities like Southwell, affordable accommodation options are particularly limited. Moving our accommodation plans forward has not been easy, but with families facing crisis situations, we have continued to seek creative solutions. “

In 2018, Reach was offered land and property on a large housing development site in Southwell, which implemented hosting plans.

All the necessary permissions and designs are now in place and Reach’s charity clients, families and caregivers have shared their perspectives on what makes a welcoming home.

There would be two terraced houses for six tenants each; a specification that goes beyond what is normally available for people with learning disabilities, including well-proportioned bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms; environmentally friendly operation using innovative eco-technology with low maintenance and running costs; and common areas for socializing and relaxing.



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