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Hoylands House is a CQC Outstanding residential service for autistic adults in South Yorkshire. It was shortlisted as a finalist for the 3rd Sector Care Awards and LaingBuisson Award, which is a reflection of the high quality of care we deliver. Located in Silkstone near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Hoylands House meets a local need for specialist residential care for autistic adults with additional learning disabilities or other complex needs. It offers high quality support aimed at enabling people to develop their independence and live fulfilling lives in the community. 

Environment and facilities

Hoylands House is home to eight young adults. A separate wing of the house offers short respite breaks for one person at any time throughout the year. The house is surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and is nestled in the foothills of the Pennines, between the towns of Barnsley and Penistone. The house’s extensive grounds include a ball court, hot tub, and an orchard where residents can help grow fruit and vegetables. 

Everyone who lives or comes to stay at Hoylands has a personalised bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. They also share three comfortable communal lounges, two dining rooms, a sensory room including an interactive floor mat, and multi-purpose, creative room for art therapy and other activities. These as well as other activities are aimed at encouraging social interaction and communication, providing plenty of space for people to relax and meet with friends and family. 

Leisure and learning activities 

Everyone who lives at Hoylands House has a wide range of opportunities available to them which help them to develop new skills and maintain current ones. There are opportunities for the adults we support to participate in enterprise activities through our workshop and innovative on-site shop. Staff are highly creative in helping people discover their interests and turn them into meaningful activities, presenting them with as many opportunities as possible so they find something they really enjoy. 

For example, one young man liked to shred paper. Rather than discouraging him, staff saw an opportunity for a joint project: the young man shreds paper, and another person who loves the sensory experience of water mashes and turns the paper into firebricks to sell in the Hoylands House shop. These personally tailored enterprise activities are excellent for developing confidence, independence and purpose.  

We encourage people to develop their skills by taking an active part in everyday tasks such as cooking, washing, shopping, and developing their socialising skills by sharing activities with others. Activities include local trips to the zoo, cinema, library, bowling alley and climbing centre as well as short holidays.

Hoylands House shop

The people we support can get involved in making and selling produce in the new Hoylands House shop, which is open to the public for business. The shop sells products such as jams and fudge made by the people we support and offers an opportunity for them to gain valuable work experience and be part of the local community.

Person-centred approach

Everyone who lives at Hoylands House has their own key worker, who works closely with them to develop and deliver their individual care and support. We build each person's plan by finding out their ambitions, goals, needs and preferences in close collaboration with their family, friends and support staff. The lasting and productive relationships we build mean that we can deliver the best possible support for each person.

Our team

Our staff are highly trained, qualified and enthusiastic. Using effective communication and providing skills in a wide range of communication interventions provides the best opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to have positive outcomes. To provide the skills for effective communication, we train and develop our staff in a wide range of interventions.

How to access our support

Places in our residential homes are usually funded directly by your local authority although other funding sources may sometimes be available. For more information, visit our access page.