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Project information

The Sycamore House Project

Purpose build accommodation is known to have a transformational effect on autistic adults, lessening the anxiety which triggers challenging behaviour. The Sycamore House Project will build a spacious, low stimulus house, tailored to the strengths and preferences of those who will live there.

September 2017 - June 2019

Charity information: Stroud Court Community Trust

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  • Need


    The features, structure and layout of standard build houses can cause unimaginable confusion and anxiety to an autistic person. When Stroud Court was purchased in 1983, there was no understanding of how significant a role the environment plays in the wellbeing of an autistic adult. One group of residents at Stroud Court are living in out dated, badly designed accommodation which colludes with their disability, leading to challenging and potential self injurous behaviour.


    Is to build a spacious, evidence based six bedroom living and accommodation unit which will free residents from anxiety and provide a calm, accessible home for the rest of their life. Construction approaches will minimise the sensory impact on individuals, high levels of accoustic shielding will mitigate stress from sudden noise and separate social areas will allow personal interests to be enjoyed. Wide corridors and a lift will ensure residents can live at home for as long as they chose.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make life better for autistic adults with severe learning disabilities


    » Build an evidence based house which facilitates a far greater degree of participation in personalised activities and uninterupted leisure time.

    What success will look like

    Greater particpation in activities of personal interest, active engagement with activities in the wider community and demonstrating choice with leisure activities.

    Aim 2

    To reduce levels of challenging behaviour in autistic adults with learning disabilities.


    » Build a low stimulus house with features which calm and support individuals, while minimising sensory impact.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a measurable reduction in the number of incidents of challenging and self injurous behaviour since moving into the new accommodation.

    Aim 3

    Stimulate systemic change towards the design and provision of housing for complex autistic adult


    » Diseminate learning, design and outcomes through local authorities, the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the National Autsitic Society.

    What success will look like

    By tracking the number of enquiries and visits to the new building. By surveying the informal partner organisations, 12 months post completition.

    Aim 4

    Support the NHS with delayed discharge and prevent admission into Assessment and Treatment Centres


    » To designate an ensuite bedroom with ceiling hoist as a 'transition suite' to accommodate residents at a time of changed need.

    What success will look like

    By bench marking the number of admissions to A&T Centers and days spent in hospital over the past five years and comparing data annually from the completion of the build.

  • Impact


    In the long term, lower rates of anxiety will positively impact the health and wellbeing of residents by helping to prevent stress related illness and disease.

    The wheel chair accessible design, with wet rooms and a lift will enable residents to remain in their homes for as long as they choose.

    • Promotion of meaningful engagement with life
    • Encouraging increased physical activity
    • Increasing levels of independence and choice making


    The land is owned by the charity and planning permission has been granted by Stroud District Council.

    Demand for places at Stroud Court is high and vacancies are infrequent.


    Donors will recieve quarterly updates by email regarding the progress of the build and case studies and success stories once the new property is occupied.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 2 Bathrooms The money will pay for all the fixtures and fittings for two of the en-suite bathrooms
  • Background


    The project will take place in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire


    The new building will benefit a group of adults with severe and complex autism, intellectual disabilities, coocurring conditions such as epilepsy and sensory processing disorders and varying levels of challenging behaviour.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For over thirty five years, we have been providing exceptional care and residential services for autistic adults.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chris Atkins

    Chris Atkins - Chief Executive will led the project.

"Our job is not to fix people but to design effective environments"