Accommodation Project Progress

In News by Rachel Bates

Steve Shatwell shaking hands with contractor from Ratcliffe Builders

We are pleased to announce that we have taken two further steps towards building quality housing for local people with learning disabilities.

Firstly, the bungalow that existed on site has been successfully demolished, following plans approved by Newark and Sherwood District Council. This will make way for us to build supported living accommodation for 12 residents with learning disabilities.

Secondly, after a transparent tender process, our Accommodation Steering Committee have appointed a contractor. Ratcliffe Builders – a family-owned construction firm based in Nottinghamshire with 35 years of experience – will take the project on.

We would like to thank our supporters for helping us to raise over £1.43 million for the project. Despite this incredible achievement, we are facing some challenges due to escalating costs caused by the current economic situation. The Fundraising Team are awaiting the outcome of further funding bids and are seeking alternative solutions for covering an estimated shortfall of £300,000.

Chief Executive Steve Shatwell said: “We look forward to progressing with this vital project to offer local people with learning disabilities the chance to live more independently in the community they know. Thanks to all who have donated – the creation of these homes has never felt more achievable. The site is now clear and Ratcliffe Builders are ready – we just need a final push to cover the shortfall to ensure that we can complete the construction by our target date of April 2023.”

To find out more about our Southwell Accommodation project, please contact Julia on 01636 819066 or at

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