“Welcome to Shaftsbury House. We provide specialist residential and respite care for adults with learning disabilities from our home in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. We believe that individuals should be supported and encouraged to build positive, valued lifestyles in a homely environment. Please feel free to call me and discuss how we can help.”

Emma Birch, Manager

Emma Birch


Located in a suburb of Barnsley, Shaftsbury House offers expert care and support to help people with learning disabilities lead more independent and fulfilling lives. We have ten long-term residential placements and one respite room for short stays. We enjoy welcoming new people into the home and there is a warm, positive atmosphere.


Barnsley town centre is just a short 10 minute walk from our home, which is ideal for accessing local amenities such as the library, sports centres, colleges, and a variety of pubs, restaurants and shops. We are on several public bus routes and there is a mainline train station in Barnsley.

Tel: 01226 786 611
53 Mount Vernon Road Barnsley S70 4DJ

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Shaftsbury House has 11 individual bedrooms, spread over two floors. The majority of our rooms are wheelchair-friendly and we have a lift for access. Each room has its own toilet, handbasin and built-in wardrobes.

One of the rooms is a bedsit-style apartment with its own kitchen and wet room, which is ideal for rehabilitation and preparing residents to move on. People are encouraged to decorate their rooms with their own belongings to ensure it suits their personality.

Our home also has:

– Spacious lounge
– Dining room
– Kitchen, where residents can make their own food and drinks, should they choose to
– Games room
– Conservatory
– Large enclosed gardens with a vegetable patch
– Its own minibus with a wheelchair lift.


Moving into a new home can be unsettling, so we work closely with families and carers to make this process as smooth as possible. We plan a gradual transition period, with short visits and overnight stays until the individual feels comfortable moving into their new home.

People at Shaftsbury enjoy a varied lifestyle, with a care plan tailored to their personal wishes and aspirations. Individuals have choice in how they structure their days and what they do with their time.

Activities on offer include outings to the seaside, going out for meals, playing pool or attending a football match and drop-in services. Within the home, people like to contribute to the family environment and enjoy their hobbies. Individuals are encouraged to be as independent as possible and can help with everyday tasks, such as hoovering, looking after their own rooms, gardening, cooking and getting the shopping.

Individuals are supported to keep in close contact with family members and friends, and loved ones can visit at any time.

‘We observed people completing their meal choices for the week and people who were unable to verbally communicate were supported by staff to choose their meals from a picture book of various meals such as cottage pies, pizza, salads and desserts. People were also asked if they wished to go with staff to do the food shopping.’


Our long-serving team has a wealth of experience in supporting people with a variety of disabilities and support needs. All staff are committed to the premise of ‘seeing the person not the condition’ and in promoting the individual’s privacy, rights and dignity. We have a rolling programme of training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to ensure we are up-to-date with best practices.

‘We observed the staff approach was patient and caring towards people who used the service. Staff had developed positive relationships with the people they supported and were seen to respect their privacy and dignity.’ 

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Following a person-centred approach is at the heart of what we do at Shaftsbury. We work hard to ensure that people’s views are heard and acted upon and as part of this we have regular house meetings, a service user forum, plus our dignity and dementia champions (both staff and residents). Families and friends are encouraged to share their views on how we run our service too.

We work in partnership with other professionals, such as Sun Healthcare’s supported living team and external services, including advocacy, speech and language teams, occupational therapists, psychology and other social and healthcare providers.


My name is Helen, I was brought up by my foster parents, at sixteen I got my own place in Barnsley but it was hard and I didn’t like it. My social worker found me a place at Shaftsbury and I am given help with the things I struggle with. I have done a few things but my favourite was a weekend away to London and going abroad to Paris and seeing Take That, I want to stay at Shaftsbury because I am happy and it’s my home.



If you would like to refer to Shaftsbury House, please get in touch to discuss your requirements – we respond to all referrals within 48 hours. Our team will then conduct a thorough, pre-admission assessment to ensure suitability of the placement and a written summary assessment report will be provided to you within 72 hours. Call 01226 786 611 or email: