At Highfield Farm we support ten people with learning disabilities and associated mental health problems.
We can support autistic people and other individuals who have varying needs, such as Prader-Willi Syndrome, Down's syndrome, Rett syndrome and bipolar affective disorder.
Individuals enjoy an independent lifestyle attending college, working in the local community and volunteering in the local charity shops. Others choose to take advantage of the local amenities, visiting farms and the local busy town centre with its myriad of shops.
In the local town we have a friendly cinema where we are always welcome and who run special showings with subdued lighting and no trailers before the main feature, to make the experience more enjoyable for people on the autistic spectrum.
The local area also has tenpin bowling and crown green bowling, as well as the local Barnsley football club and rugby and cricket to watch or take part in. At the nearby leisure centre they have a special DISPORT day offering sports to all individuals with disabilities.
In the evenings people attend local social clubs belonging to MENCAP and the neighbourhood learning disability group. We have karaoke nights here in the house as well as games nights and fun days in the summer, when all the families visit to enjoy live bands, tombola and games with BBQ and homemade cakes.
Everyone has access to the internet so they can surf the net in their spare time.
At the bottom of the drive is the bus stop with buses running in either direction, to the local town or further afield to Sheffield, Rotherham or Meadowhall. Barnsley train station has trains to Huddersfield, Sheffield and Leeds for those of a more adventurous nature.
A short walk away is the Pennine trail where people can take a leisurely stroll or cycle as far as they like safely.
Here at Highfield Farm we have two spacious lounges both equipped with large flat screen TVs, dining room table and chairs and settees and easy chairs so people can choose where to eat their meals and where to relax.
We also have a brand new fully equipped kitchen and open reception area where families can visit their sons or daughters in a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. All the bedrooms have ensuite facilities with either a bath or shower, depending on the individual’s preference, and each room is decorated to their own needs and choices.
Everyone is encouraged to practice their daily living skills in a safe environment by helping to make small snacks and simple meals and their own drinks if they wish. The staff also help them to keep their rooms clean and wash and iron their clothes if they are able.
Highfield Farm is set in large gardens with a greenhouse where we grow vegetables in the summer months and a summer house where people can chill out and relax. Also in the grounds are three villas where individuals can continue to build their independence safe in the knowledge that they have access to staff 24 hours a day through a nurse call system.