Sherburn House

In our 30th year, we have opened our state of the art, purpose built residential care service called Sherburn House. Under the management of a Registered Manager, this service will provide social care and support for people with learning disabilities and health needs.

Sherburn House will deliver a range of specialist support covering the areas of dementia, end of life care and profound and multiple learning disability care. Our organisational ethos is to promote independence and self-esteem by empowering people regardless of their disability. This is reflected in the importance we place in ensuring people with learning disabilities have the opportunity to access and take part in community opportunities and experience its range of resources.

We recognise our responsibility to provide specialist health and wellbeing services to people with learning disabilities. Our investment in the purpose built Sherburn House will ensure that we are able to meet the future needs of the people who we support.

About Sherburn House

Named after the hometown of our founder Mr Wilf Ward, Sherburn House is located in the picturesque market town of Knaresborough, just a 15 minute walk away from the train station.

Sherburn House is not your average service. With our expert knowledge in supporting adults with learning and physical disabilities, our architect Simon Scarfe was able to provide us with a design which would have the people we support at the heart.

We started construction of Sherburn House in January 2015, with the aim to build a service fit for those with profound learning and physical disabilities. Sherburn House holds twelve bedrooms, set across two separate wings. It is fully accessible, with tracking hoists to fully equipped bathrooms. Those who live at Sherburn House will have their own personalised bedroom but will also benefit from comfortable communal areas including sensory rooms.

As we are opening Sherburn House, sadly we have had to close one of our oldest services. Phylward House opened in 1991 as a short breaks service, changing to a registered service in 1999. It was named after Phyllis Ward who was the wife of Wilf Ward and fellow founding member of the Trust. Phylward House has been a much loved service for many years and will forever provide fond memories for the Trust, along with those who lived and worked there.

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Living at Sherburn House

Our aim for Sherburn House is to provide high quality, specialist support to those with profound learning and physical disabilities throughout their life, including dementia and end of life care. We want to be able to understand and manage the illnesses and conditions of old age and chronic disability as they relate to people living with a learning disability. We want to ensure that the people we support have a home for life.

We will be working together with four local hospices, which includes undertaking joint training, sharing resources and knowledge and exploring how the hospices can work with our customers to help them remain at home for as long as possible should they become severely ill. It is a new venture for us all but it means that we can explore better training for staff in health care matters, end of life care and understanding chronic illness.

These factors, combined with our purpose built building will provide lifelong quality support for those who live at Sherburn House.

For further information regarding living at Sherburn House, please contact Sharon Westwood on 07796 836812 or via email at s.westwood@wilfward.org.uk