Project information

Pittville Residential Project

Pittville will provide community based accommodation for young people with complex disabilities, giving them the opportunity to develop essential life skills in a realistic setting. This will equip them with the skills and confidence they need to live more independently in their future lives.

June 2014 - March 2015

Charity information

National Star

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  • Need


    Our existing community based accommodation is no longer fit for purpose. Located in an old rambling house it accommodates 27 young people, it has an institutionalised feel, lacks ensuite bathrooms, ceiling hoists and assistive technology. Shared bathrooms are located at the end of long corridors. There is insufficient space to practice life skills such as cooking. The property is leased, and requires ongoing expensive maintenance and upgrading.


    We have been gifted a piece of land in the centre of Cheltenham and have developed plans to build specialist residential accommodation on the land -Pittville Project -which will replace our existing community based provision.This will accommodate 25 young people in ensuite rooms, located within 5 small clusters. The accommodation will be domestic in scale, and will have all the specialist equipment and facilities needed by the young people we work with who have severe and complex disabilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Replace our existing community based provision which is no longer fit for purpose


    » Build specialsit residential accommodation on land gifted to us which will meet the needs of the young people we work with

    W will have more appropriate accommodation which meets the needs of all the young people we work with

    Aim 2

    Enable young people with complex disabilities to develop essential life skills


    » Using the specialsit facilities at Pittville and our expertise we will work with our beneficiaries to help them develop essential life skills

    The young people we work with will be equipped with essential life skills and confidence, and will be able to live independently, with support, int he future

    Aim 3

    Open up our provision to more young people with complex disabilites


    » The small clusters will provide more suitable accommodation for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, PMLD and challenging behaviours

    All the young people we work with will have access to community based living. At the moment some are excluded because our existing accommodation cannot meet their needs

    Aim 4

    The new accommodation will be more cost effective for our charity, making us more sustainable.


    » We will be spending less on essential maintenance. Our current accommodation is a drain on our resources

    We will save money on repairs

  • Impact


    More young people will have access to appropriate accommodation which will equip them with essential skills.These young people will demonstrate the success of the project through greater independence and increased confidence. This will in turn transform their life-chances and quality of life, and liberate their families and communities from long-term care provision.


    There is a risk that fundraising income could fall below target. However, we have a strong track record, having completed a £7.7Million appeal in 2011, and we have developed a strategy with diverse income streams to ensure funds are raised.

    In the event of a shortfall a short term loan would be used which could be repaid from operating income.


    Donors will be updated and given feedback through regular communications including e-newsletters, printed communications, website updates. Donors will also be offered the opportunity to visit Pittville Project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,800,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,800,000 5 accommodation clusters small clusters providing accommodation for 25 young people with complex disabilities

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Education Funding Agency £2,209,746 Conditional
    Trusts, Major Donors and individuals £213,352 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Pittville project will be located in the heart of the Cheltenham community in a residential area close to the town centre and Pittville Park. There is level access from the project site to shops and amenities, close to public transport links and community facilities.


    A wide range of young people aged 16-15 with complex disabilities will benefit. Disabilities include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, acquired brain injuries, sensory impairments, communication ddifficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, profound and multiple learning disabilities and associated medical conditions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity has almost 50 years experience of working with young people with complex disabilities. We help them to achieve their goals in life - whether that's learning to communicate, living independently or finding employment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter Horne

    Assistant Chief Executive. Responsibility for ensuring the project is delivered on time/within budget. Peter successfully led our £7.7m redevelopment

    Kate Green

    Director of Fundraising and Communications. Responsibility for ensuring fundraising is maximised. Kate successfully led our £7.7m capital appeal