Achieve together empowers more than 2,300 people with its supported living developments, residential homes, and other support measures.
Many individuals with physical or mental health needs develop their independence when they move to an Achieve together care home or supported living development.
In a bid to provide homes for even more individuals across England and Wales, Achieve together has now opened a supported living development in Mexborough, Doncaster. Joining Achieve together’s Alderwood LLA Ltd brand, this development of ground-floor homes welcomes individuals to Mexborough’s small, growing community.
Built with sustainability in mind, each bungalow in the development provides a future-proofed, eco-friendly home for people Achieve together supports.
Achieve together’s Supported Living Development in Mexborough
Achieve together’s new supported living development offers 10 elegant homes on a private road in north Mexborough. Five are detached and five are semi-detached or terraced.
Each single-occupancy, self-contained bungalow features:
- An open-plan living space that brings dining and leisure areas together.
- A front and back garden.
- A double driveway.
- Exceptional styling.
Seven of the homes include two double bedrooms and a shared bathroom. The remaining three homes offer one large bedroom and a wet room.
While most of the plots fully embrace the open-plan design, two of the plots feature a central corridor to allow for more privacy around each room.
A Ground-Floor Design With Plenty of Natural Light
The ground-floor design of the homes allows for vaulted ceilings and skylights. These features flood each property with natural light. French doors open into a private garden, bringing even more light into the homes and making the natural surroundings instantly accessible.
High-Quality Kitchens and Bathrooms
The living spaces include British-engineered kitchens from Symphony. Stylish and practical, these kitchens include laminate worktops, an electric hob, an electric oven, an integrated fridge-freezer, an integrated dishwasher, and ambient lighting.
Meanwhile, the bathrooms offer a full-width bath and over-bath shower with a rainfall and twin head. There’s also a heated towel rail, half-pedestal sink, back-to-wall toilet, and vinyl flooring.
An Environmentally Conscious Design
Built with the future in mind, each home in the supported living development boasts a state-of-the-art specification. This specification reflects Achieve together’s latest environmental sustainability figures, detailed in its 2022-23 Impact report.
Over the past year, Achieve together has:
- Diverted more than 1,100 tonnes of waste that could otherwise have ended up in landfill sites (as part of its waste management programme).
- Generated 534,600 kWh of energy, which is enough to power 143 homes for one year. This avoided the production of 1,224 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
- Supported five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Moving forward, Achieve together’s environmental sustainability objectives are to:
- Prepare its environmental, social and governance (ESG) data to enable the organisation to report in accordance with GRI guidelines.
- Transition to renewable gas to reduce absolute operational emissions by around 3,082 tCO2.
- Continue to procure 100% renewable energy.
- Achieve zero waste to landfill by 2027.
These objectives support Achieve together’s wider mission to be net zero by 2045.
In the meantime, this is how the new homes enable low-carbon living:
Air Source Heat Pumps
Each plot has its own air source heat pump, which provides energy-efficient heating and hot water. This energy system enables individuals to save money on traditional gas.
Heating And Insulation
The homes team a beam and block solid floor construction with underfloor heating. This system enables the even distribution of heat throughout each home for the ultimate comfort.
Triple-glazed windows and doors, high-performance thermal insulation and airtight build quality retain the heat in each home.
Low-energy LED lighting throughout each home also represents an environmentally conscious design choice.
Electric Charging Points for Vehicles
Every home comes with an electric charging point on the driveway. These charging points make it easy to switch to an electric vehicle, allowing drivers to say goodbye to pricey fuel costs.
Life In Mexborough
Mexborough is a charming market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. Nestled in the Northeast of Rotherham and Sheffield, the town is small but accessible and full of local attractions.
Train And Car Access
Locals can catch trains from Mexborough’s railway station, which provides links to Sheffield and Doncaster. Meanwhile, the Dearne Valley Parkway provides links to motorways like the M1.
The supported living development is within walking distance of the local hospital. The homes are also within walking distance of various primary schools, including St John’s Church of England Infants and Junior School. Ofsted has given this school an “Outstanding” rating.
Mexborough’s Rich History
The flourishing South Yorkshire town is full of history that dates back to the Norman Conquest (at least).
This history is clear in the several winding wheels dotted throughout the local landscape. There’s also Conisbrough Castle, a medieval landmark that has been impressively preserved and makes for a fun day out.
The area is full of natural beauty. Locals enjoy the peaceful Manvers Lake and Thrybergh Country Park, wetlands, and nature reserves. These wetlands and nature reserves were once mines. However, they have transformed into havens for wildlife and picturesque spots to relax.
Shopping Opportunities, Local Restaurants and Other Attractions
Those who enjoy retail therapy will find many shops, a market hall, and an outdoor market in the town centre. Shops span from high-street favourites to quirky independents like Pettits, a shoe shop that dates back to the Victorian era.
Locals can also enjoy Mexborough’s many pubs, restaurants, and popular live music venue. Other attractions include the history museum Cusworth Hall (known as the “Jewel of Doncaster”), Rotherham Golf Club and the 87-hectare Georgian stately home Wentworth Woodhouse.
Who Achieve together’s Supported Living Development Supports
Each person living in the new homes will receive support from a dedicated team. This team will include:
- A Registered Manager.
- A Deputy Manager.
- Practice Leads.
- Specialist Support Workers.
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Practitioners.
Achieve together has trained these teams to support each person’s physical and mental health needs.
The homes are therapeutic environments, designed for individuals to develop their skills, improve their independence, and reach their potential. Achieve together’s therapeutic interventions include:
- Sensory rooms and gardens.
- Intensive interaction.
- Positive behaviour support.
- Dialectical behaviour therapy, which helps individuals learn coping skills. The therapy also shows individuals alternatives to self-harm or self-injurious behaviours.
Achieve together’s teams will also support all individuals so they can access the local community and enjoy a full, enriching lifestyle.
Who Achieve together Supports
Adults who have the following conditions can receive specialist support in the new development:
- Acquired brain injuries.
- Autism spectrum conditions.
- Behaviours that may challenge.
- Complex health needs or other complex needs.
- Hearing or sight impairments, deaf blindness or deafness.
- Learning disabilities.
- Mental health conditions or emotional needs.
- Mild, moderate, or severe learning disabilities.
- Profound and multiple learning disabilities.
- Restricted mobility.
A First of Its Kind Development for Achieve together
The Mexborough development is the first of its kind in Achieve together’s network of care homes and supported living developments. The organisation now has another two sites in the pipeline, which will be built to the same specification. Moving forward, Achieve together also plans to embark on refurbishment projects involving energy-saving features.
The Mexborough development joins Achieve together’s network of over 180 supported living homes. Two to three adults share most of these homes. Achieve together ensures that individuals feel comfortable with their housemates, allowing them to forge friendships and develop their social lives.
Learn more about Achieve together’s new supported living development in Mexborough, Doncaster.
About Achieve together Care Homes and Supported Living
Achieve together has supported individuals who have autism, associated complex and/or mental health needs and learning disabilities for over 25 years. Achieve together’s care homes, supported living developments and other support services provide individualised assistance for everyone the organisation supports.
While Achieve together care homes offer 24/7 support, the organisation’s supported living homes place individuals within communities where they can enjoy a more independent lifestyle. This relaxed support helps individuals feel at home in their own places.
Achieve together promotes this independence in the thorough support it provides for every individual. With this assistance, individuals can complete activities that they may find difficult to complete alone. These activities may include getting out of bed, visiting the shops, completing housework, managing personal care, and handling their finances.
Achieve together works with each person the organisation supports to help them overcome challenges, have fun, and achieve their potential.