Southwell Accommodation Project

Overall project £1.4 build (excluding furnishings)


Watch our film to find out more about our 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.
Picture of Sarah and her father Peter

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.

The Building

  • 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 sustainable, 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/h5>
  • 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
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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.


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