Reach Housing / Uniquely Different is founded on the experience of many young people and adults who do not choose to engage in generic environments. People with Autism and learning disabilities are unique and different.

Funding is often provided for support workers to support people outside generic services but often there is nowhere for people to base themselves. This often results in people walking round local community with no set goals or achievements, in poor weather and often with excessive expenses.

Our desire is to provide a purposely designed building to be used as a resource centre open to children, adults and families with learning disabilities, Autism, health and social care needs. The centre offers facilities for people to attend and to feel accepted and confident to be who they are and have their individual achievements, goals and needs met. The facilities can be accessed for a service charge.

Uniquely Different does not employ support workers. This enables provision and support to be kept separate, each with their own set of boundaries. We can sign post to support services. Uniquely Different works in partnership with Reach Housing and Enablement Services.

Children and adults accessing the service would be supported by a family member/s, direct personal assistants, individualised budget support worker and/or support worker funded by health and social care. We are able to help sign post but we do not employ support workers.

The facilities that the centre offers:

  • A safe environment
  • Bespoke needs
  • Sensory room
  • Learning room – we are ASDAN providers
  • Independent living skills areas
  • Computer access
  • Messy play room
  • Transition opportunities
  • 24 hour facilities
  • Meeting room
  • Training facilities
  • Outdoor secure play area
  • Family facility hire (for events)
  • Wheelchair accessible facilities
  • Outdoor agency inclusion welcome
  • Skills assessment facilities


Uniquely Different is not a residential home. It is a resource centre which provides service facilities / hourly sessions.

24 hour resource means:

A facility to be able to access (for day, evening, after school, weekend day sessions) practicing independent living transition skills into adulthood, ASDAN, lifestyle planning towards independence, emergency facilities for SSD with a person’s own staff or own provider to use, or families who have support but need a place to cater for their loved one’s needs (In accordance with Reg 15 Health & Social Care Act CQC).

This is in accordance with:

  • Health & Social Care Act 2008
  • Regulation 15; Premises & Equipment
  • No Voice Unheard – No Right Ignored 2015
  • Autism Strategy 2014
  • Children and Families Act SEN 2014
  • CQC State of Care 2019
  • Far less than they Deserve 2019
  • Good Intentions – Good Enough 2017
  • REACH Support for Living
  • Right to be Heard 2019
  • Serious Case Review, Bethany 2019
  • The Real Tenancy Test 2015
  • These are our Children Lenehan Report 2017
  • Transforming Care National Response 2012
  • Valuing People 2001