Help us raise the funds needed to make the project a success
Vulnerable young people with learning disabilities and autism do not always have access to the appropriate accommodation and support that they need, limiting their opportunities to live freely and independently. Hundreds of young adults are trapped in children’s services which can’t meet their needs, while some are living in their family home with relatives who can’t cope with their challenging behaviour. Eventually, when their living arrangements become impossible, a lack of specialist services provision often means the only option is admission to an Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU), which are only designed for short-term secure placements. But more and more young people without a clinical need for such environments are forced to stay for months, or even years, simply because appropriate provision is not available to them.
They’ve lost their freedom and everything that was familiar to them. Boredom, frustration and anxiety usually worsen challenging behaviours, which can lead to physical restraint, seclusion and sedation becoming more commonplace. Contact with those caring for them and family and friends can be limited, adding to the isolation.
Something needs to change, urgently.
We’re creating six purpose-built, specialist homes and a supported living service so young adults can move safely out of inappropriate settings into an environment where compassion, practical support and gentle encouragement are at the heart. And we need your help.
An investment of around £2.2 million will be needed to build the Orchard. Hft is providing an initial £800,000 and is looking for those who share the same vision to help us to raise the remainder.
This will allow us to build an environment that is designed to meet the sensory needs of people with autism, to keep them safe, and minimise their anxiety. Our vision is a place where young people can feel safe. With nurturing support they’ll feel cared for and know that they matter.
In time, they’ll feel confident to move on from The Orchard and achieve their ambition to live more independently.
With your support, we can help vulnerable young adults rediscover their joy, find a sense of purpose, and fulfil
their true potential. The Orchard aims to give everyone freedom, choice and confidence.
Autism affects a person’s sensory experience, imagination, social communication and interaction with others, and their environment makes a significant difference to their quality of life. Each of the six homes at The Orchard will be built with design features that avoid unnecessary and intrusive sensory stimuli that might cause high anxiety and lead to challenging behaviours.
A range of carefully designed special features will:
You can find out more about autism here.
At Hft, we have vast experience of working with people who are high on the autistic spectrum.
We’ll place a highly trained team of specialists to support every resident. We’ll listen, understand their needs and provide person-centred support based on our Fusion Model, our unique and innovative way of supporting someone with a learning disability. It gives individuals more control over their lives and helps them enjoy greater levels of inclusion, independence and choice.
The Orchard will be one of only a handful in the UK. It’s desperately needed.
Will you help us?