Priory Bannister Farm

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About this location

Bannister Farm is located in Leyland, in Lancashire. Our home offers residential support to five autistic adults, who may also have a learning disability. The home is located off a main road, in a pleasant neighbourhood.

Our team are dedicated to supporting our residents to live their life in a safe and nurturing environment.

We can also support those who have:

  • Difficulties with communication
  • Mild to moderate behaviours that challenge
  • Epilepsy
  • Some mental health needs

Services at a glance

There are a total of five bedrooms at the site. Of these:
3 are en-suite bedrooms
2 are self-contained flats
1 is on the ground floor

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Bannister Farm Cottage 220 Longmeanygate Midge Hall Leyland Lancashire PR26 7TB

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Bannister Farm is set in a large, detached house in Leyland, which offers a relaxed, homely environment. There are three bedrooms, one on the ground floor and two on the first floor. Three of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

Attached to the main building, there are two annexes. Annexe one is a small flat with en-suite facilities and its own kitchen and lounge. Annexe two is a larger flat, with one bedroom and a shower room. It also has a lounge and a small kitchen to prepare meals and carry out daily living tasks.

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room

We also have a very large garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Communal seating
  • Summer house
  • Shelter
  • Sensory garden

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Our bedrooms are equipped with low arousal furniture, and have en-suite facilities, containing either a shower or a bath.

Our approach to support

We provide a person centred approach, ensuring individuals have a personalised support plan and varied activity programme, based on their own choices and preferences. Individuals are supported using positive behaviour support (PBS) and PROACT-SCIPr-UK® approaches, embedding proactive and active strategies and a focus on reducing the need for restrictive practices. We also work closely with family and other professionals to ensure the wishes of the people we support are known.

Each person at Bannister Farm will have an individualised communication plan, which includes strategies in place in order seek their wishes and feelings. These may include a range of alternative means of communicating, such as the use of electronic communication devices, symbols, photographs and objects of reference, which the person may use to express themselves.

Improving life skills and independence is always an area of focus for us, and communication of such activities will be discussed with the speech and language therapist (SaLT) and occupational therapist (OT).

We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team, who provide input to our residents. In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™, including Spectrum Star, to support our residents to achieve their goals. The lengths of the placements that we offer at Bannister Farm can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Bannister Farm has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community.

We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community.

We support people to move into their home in the community with Priory Supported Living Lancashire.

Our team

Our highly experienced, multidisciplinary team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • Senior support workers
  • Housekeeper
  • PBS practitioner
  • Maintenance team
  • Administrator

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Epilepsy awareness training
  • Autism specialist training
  • PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training
  • PBS training
  • Communication needs training

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Bannister Farm is a six minute drive from Preston city centre and a 10 minute walk from Leyland town centre. Nearby amenities include:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office
  • College
  • Park
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Nature reserve/national park
  • Local markets

Transport links

Bannister Farm also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A local bus stop just round the corner from the home with regular transport links
  • Leyland train station is a 10 minute drive away and 25 minutes by bus
  • A short drive from the M6 motorway

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to attend family events and visit their family homes. We will work with the resident and their relatives to ensure possible risks are managed and that everyone is supported. This may mean the individual’s key worker will come along on the visit. For those who are unable to visit their family home, we can support your loved ones with video calls.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are welcome to visit. Visits are usually planned in advance to support individual needs. Unfortunately, family members cannot stay overnight. We aim to create a homely atmosphere and encourage family members to come to our home and celebrate special occasions with us, such as birthdays, mother's day, Christmas, Eid, etc.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

Yes, we strive to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care. Every month families are invited to a meeting at the home, where they will meet with the residents’ support team and hear about recent happenings at the home. We can also arrange more regular catch-ups either in person or via telephone, to ensure families are kept informed.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

Everyone who stays with us are supported to call their loved ones any time, via phone or video call. Family and friends are also able to call as often as they like. Some of our residents also have their own mobile phones so they can call family and friends when they wish.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. Our furniture is robust and low arousal, and some of it cannot be removed. We encourage people to choose their own bedding, curtains and colour schemes as well as photos, pictures and other personal items.

Are external doors kept locked?

Yes, the front door is locked as you would at your own home. All the external doors have keypads and there is a secure garden area around the house for our residents to enjoy.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

People staying with us are supported by our staff to prepare breakfast, lunch and snacks. Our evening meal is a home-cooked meal, using recipes and taking in to account what our residents enjoy. We support people with their sensory needs, make adaptations and offer alternatives as needed. Our team will also seek guidance from family members and nutritionists to ensure that special dietary requirements are catered for, where needed.

How does laundry work?

Residents are given help to do their own laundry, as part of promoting independence. Our staff are on hand to offer support if and when it is required.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Staff support and encourage our residents to complete these tasks, to promote their independence. We also have a dedicated housekeeper and maintenance team at the home. Our team will ensure that residents always have access to clean clothes and bedding.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

Residents are not allowed to bring illegal or harmful substances onto the premises. We would also ask that people do not bring high risk personal items into the house.

How do activities work?

Everyone has an individual activity plan tailored to their specific wishes and likes. Plans are reviewed at least monthly, but are flexible in line with people's needs. We include activities that we know people have experienced and like, but also work with them to try new things.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We use the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework, which means we focus on proactive strategies, rather than physical intervention. This is supported by our PBS practitioner. We are committed to reducing restrictive practices, and care plans which include restrictions, such as protocols for PRN medication, are assessed frequently, and eliminated, where possible. We also build core teams for individuals to support continuity in their care and support.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Yes, we encourage families and extended support providers to be involved with the care plans. We use a variety of communication tools to work collaboratively with the person we care for to co-produce the plans so they are tailored to their needs. We value this important input from others where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

There is a car parking area within our grounds.

What is the smoking policy?

We have a designated area in the garden for residents to smoke or to vape, and they can be supported to purchase cigarettes at the shop, if this is what they choose. However, we do promote healthy lifestyles and can support residents with smoking cessation programmes.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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