Our new living and learning facilities enable us to support an additional 13 young people and were completed in 2017 following a fundraising Appeal to raise £1,644,440. The new building offers bespoke residential provision across four living areas alongside a laundry skills room, social hub and activity centre.

The Seasons kitchenThe Seasons - named individually as Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are ambitious – like our hopes for the young people in our care and are specially designed to anticipate and reduce the challenges faced by young people due to the severity and complexity of their autism. It will directly address important issues such as sensitivities to noise, heat, visual stimulation and the need for visual cues.

Directional signage is based on appropriate visual cues and all fixtures and fittings have been designed to robust and withstand tough and persistent treatment. The overall design removes the obstacles that many young people with severe autism face in developing the skills to support their educational and vocational learning and has been highly praised by Ofsted.

You can read more about Ofsted's inspection and the specific features which make The Seasons so unique and suitable for young people with severe autism here in this article.

No detail has been too small to be considered, with the focus constantly on potential impact on the lives of young people. The result is that the new houses are highly likely to significantly improve the quality of life of those young people who move into them.

Ofsted Inspector, July 2017

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