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Project information

New Care Home for disabled young people

Doncaster Deaf Trust already owns and manages a care home for young people in the care of the local authority, who have a disability. It's massively over-subscribed, so we want to build a second care home so that we're able to help more disabled young people in care.

between 18 months and 2 years

Charity information: Doncaster Deaf Trust

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  • Need


    Young people who are in the care of the local authority already have several disadvantages and statistics show that young people in care don't do as well, academically or in a careers as young people who have a full and normal family life. Those statistics are even worse if the young person in care also has a disability. We are disability specialists and have one of the very few care homes in existence serving this need. One home isn't enough however, so we want to build another one.


    Currently, young people in care,with disabilities, go to care homes where there's a space. But imagine being deaf and being placed in a care home where none of the staff can sign! (all our staff use British Sign Language) We currently care for deaf/hearing impaired, Autistic Spectrum, Asperger's, Downs and other 'Communication Deficit Disorders' but with only 7 spaces available, it's not enough. We can solve this by building a second care home for people with these types of disabilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build a New Care Home that supports the care of young people with specific disabilities


    » Attract Corporate Sponsors to raise funds on our behalf and/or make donations
    » Organise Fund Raising events on campus; e.g. Quiz Nights, Concerts/Performances: Sell tickets and refreshments on the night
    » Hire our facilities to external organisations: e.g. Sports facilities, swimming baths, and hire out campus accommodation (Steam Rally, Caravan Club)
    » Make Grant Applications for specific aspects of the project: E.G. Screwfix offer £5,000 for construction projects which could pay for the windows.

    What success will look like

    A new, purpose built, fully staffed and 'full' (i.e. all bedrooms taken) Registered care home will appear on Campus!

  • Impact


    The entire point is to give young people with the double disadvantage of being in care and having a disability, the same life chances as the majority of young people. That means giving them the care, support, education and training they will need to enable them to secure employment and live fulfilling lives. We do this now, every day; we just want to do it for more young people than current capacity allows. We can easily demonstrate by showing the numbers of young people graduating successfully


    The risks are all attached to funding. We may not raise all we need within the time-frame but that just means we need to really actively manage each stage of the project, not that the project will fail. Our aim is to achieve this within two years, but if it takes three or even five, then it does. We'll just keep going until we achieve the aim. Demand for this facility keeps increasing, so we're absolutely determined to achieve this.


    We will appoint a project manager and steering group to plan and oversee each step of the project and quarterly reports will be produced that detail every aspect (financial and practical/developmental) of the project and its progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £600,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £55,500 Planning Pre Planning & Design - permissions, Designs, Site preparation, structural engineers, QS etc
      £450,000 Building construction - including all materials, plumbing, electrical and safety installations
      £55,000 fixtures and fittings kitchen, living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and general decoration
      £30,000 Grounds connection to utilities (gas, electric, water) and making the grounds good
      £9,500 General Decoration internal decoration (painting etc)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Events £10,000 Conditional
    Sponsor £2,500 Conditional
  • Background


    Doncaster Deaf Trust owns the land and buildings all located on a 24 acre campus on the outskirts of Doncaster. The new home will be cited on a part of that campus which is currently part of the 7 acres of sports fields. We had permission to build from the local authority a few years ago so we're sure it will be given again; it's simply that the permission has lapsed.


    Young disabled people, currently in the care of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Doncaster Deaf Trust started as a school for the deaf 188 years ago. Today, the Trust owns and operates a nursery, a school, a college, a care home, residential accommodation for up to 100 people and a specialist employability unit. Our Care Home (Dickson House) regularly receives 'outstanding' status from Ofsted. This record of continuous growth, recognition of expertise and 188 years of experience makes us ideal owners of this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bobbi Roberts JP OBE

    Chair of the Board of Trustees - will chair the project committee comprising the senior management team, partners and Trust Board members

    Alan Robinson

    Executive Principal: central to external contracting, staff management, PR/Publicity, galvanising public support & working with the local authority

    Bryce Staniland

    Trust Accountant: Will manage all financial aspects (income and expense); keeping close control of costs

    Andy Ellis

    Business Development Manager: Key to bringing partners in, networking, PR, grant applications. Will act as project manager.