The not for profit, volunteer run, Community
Radio Station from Dorchester, covering Central-Southern Dorset

The not for profit, volunteer run, Community
Radio Station from Dorchester, covering Central-Southern Dorset

KeeP 106 logo
listen-live-online-button.-Player-opens-in-a-new-window
West Walks
William Barnes Statue
Tolpuddle Martyrs Plaque
Shire Hall Mileage sign
Keep Military Museum
Thomas Hardy Statue
Salisbury Fields
Queen Mother Square
Poundbury information board
Poundbury Fountain
Buttermarket Square
Brownsword Hall
Brewery Square fountains
Dorchester Borough Gardens
West Walks
William Barnes Statue 2
Tolpuddle Martyrs Plaque
Shire Hall Mileage sign
Keep Military Museum 4
Thomas Hardy Statue 2
Salisbury Fields
Queen Mother Square
Poundbury information board
Poundbury Fountain
Buttermarket Square
Brownsword Hall
Brewery Square fountains
Dorchester Borough Gardens
Rainbow over Little Keep
Exit full screenEnter Full screen
previous arrow
next arrow
The Community Radio Station covering Central-Southern Dorset, run by volunteers and not-for-profit

New specialist accommodation for adults with autism opens in Dorchester

A new supported living scheme for adults with a learning disability and or autism has opened in Dorchester, which is designed to play a key role in enabling people to live with greater independence.

The specialist accommodation, in Dorchester’s Brewery Square quarter, includes 16 units – 12 flats over three stories and 4 bungalows and has been developed by Specialist Supported Housing Ltd.

Elizabeth Court meets the NHS England Autism standards for accommodation. This includes additional space in shower rooms and doorways to enable wheelchair access and an internal environment that reduces the risk of hazards to residents and minimises potential damage to property.

Each flat has a bedroom, bathroom and living/dining room with a kitchen with some providing space for in-house care support.

The site is positioned close to local amenities in the county town and will be managed by Agincare Enable, who bring specialist knowledge of people with a learning disability, autistic spectrum condition and physical disability. Inclusion Housing CIC will be the specialist landlord to the tenants – a national registered provider with a focus in specialised supported housing.

It is the council’s most significant supported living scheme since the 18-bedroomed apartments for people with a range of learning disabilities was opened at Fox Court in Sturminster Newton three years ago. And it supports the council’s accommodation with care and support commissioning strategy, “A Better Life for Adults in Dorset”.

Cllr Jane Somper, Cabinet Portfolio lead for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, welcomed the new development: “I am very excited about this valuable new supported living base in Dorchester which will provide people with autism and/or a learning disability with the care and support they need to move into independent living.

“It is impressive to have this specialist accommodation for local people, enabling them to access a range of services across our county town and empowering them to build confidence, make new friendships and connect with the community,” she added.

Agincare Enable Managing Director Sarnjeet Banwait said: “Agincare is delighted to work in partnership with Dorset Council and all partners to bring our expertise and experience to Elizabeth Court in Brewery Square. We are a Dorset-based care provider which makes this new provision, to continue to support people to live as independently as possible in the local community, even more exciting.”

Inclusion Housing’s Operations Director Michelle Dodgson said: “We look forward to welcoming our tenants into their new homes at Elizabeth Court and working in partnership with Dorset Council and Agincare to make the service a success.”

Cutting the ribbon at Elizabeth Court

Ribbon cutting at Elizabeth Court with left to right Matt Tucker, Inclusion Housing regional operations manager, Cllr Jane Somper, Portfolio lead for Adult Social Care and Housing, Elizabeth Court tenant John Hutchison and Derek Luckhurst, chair and founder of Agincare.

Elizabeth Court