Priory Woodhouse Hall

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About this location

Woodhouse Hall is located in East Ardsley, in West Yorkshire. It offers residential support for 19 adult males and females with a range of needs. These include people with a learning disability, mental health needs, people on the autism spectrum, and those with a personality disorder. We are in a semi-rural location, off the main road from East Ardsley to Tingley.

We believe that each person we care for is a unique individual and as such will have a personal plan of support. We strive to encourage our residents to exercise their own choices, feelings and emotions. We encourage independence through our philosophy of care and support people's wishes to privacy and dignity with total respect for personal beliefs and views.

We take care and effort to get to know and understand the people that we support, so that we fully recognise how we can best respond to their needs.

We can also support people with:

  • Difficulties with communication
  • Mild to moderate behaviours that may challenge
  • Trauma

Services at a glance

There are a total of 19 bedrooms at the site. Of these:
19 are en-suite bedrooms
9 are self-contained flats
7 are on the ground floor

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Woodhouse Hall 14 Woodhouse Lane East Ardsley Wakefield WF3 2JS

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

The main large detached, communal house has lots of space and offers a relaxed, homely environment. The bedrooms are split over two floors.

The main building provides support for males and females on the autism spectrum, those with a learning disability and behaviours that may challenge. There are nine en-suite rooms with either a shower or a bath. There are two flats in the main house, with a shower and a toilet.

In addition, there are self-contained flats with en-suite rooms with a shower, for females only, requiring specialist support for dual diagnosis of a learning disability and mental health needs, including a personality disorder.

In summary, we offer:

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

We also have several garden spaces, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Sensory garden
  • Vegetable patch

We also have specialised equipment within the home, such as sensory lighting.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Our bedrooms have features such as:

  • En-suite facilities, containing either a shower or a bath
  • One bedroom has sensory adaptions
  • The flats include a bedroom, kitchen, lounge area and bathroom

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Woodhouse Hall has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out in the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, financial management and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Woodhouse Hall including positive behaviour support (PBS), delivered by an in-house practitioner who visits the service. We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team, including regular reviews from a speech and language therapist, psychiatrist, occupational therapist, sensory assessments, GPs, chiropodists, dentists, district nurses and psychologists. We can also access Intensive support community team (IST).

In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™ to support our residents to achieve their goals. We also use Intensive Interactions to support people with communication. Known methods of communication are formulated into a communication dictionary, to ensure that each individual has consistency from everyone who communicates with them.

The lengths of the placements that we offer at Woodhouse Hall can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Woodhouse Hall 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.

Some of the regular activities and trips we organise at Woodhouse Hall include visits to:

  • Theme parks
  • Theatres
  • Museums
  • Pubs and cafés
  • The library
  • Leisure facilities
  • Walking spots in the surrounding Yorkshire countryside
  • Educational facilities at local colleges and universities

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas
  • Those with active, significant self-harm risks


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 have close links with Priory Supported Living North Yorkshire services, and have supported residents moving into their own tenancies with a support package.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • Senior support workers
  • PBS practitioner

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

  • Epilepsy training
  • Diabetes management
  • PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training

Support workers in the female flats also receive training in personality disorders and trauma support.

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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


Woodhouse Hall has a number of amenities including:

  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office

Transport links

Woodhouse Hall is well-connected, offering transport links such as:

  • Nearby bus stop with regular local services
  • A train station 2.5 miles away
  • Short distance from the M1 and M62

A message from our site leader

Woodhouse Hall supports people with a commonly held philosophy of enabling individuals to reach their full potential and personal growth. People are encouraged to be as active in the running of the home as possible, in order to develop important life skills

Woodhouse Hall’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

My support workers have helped me get a job in the fashion industry and it is helping me gain independence
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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.

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. Families are regularly invited to meetings 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.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes.

Are external doors kept locked?

Yes, the front door is locked as you would at your own home.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

In the flats, residents users contribute to the weekly menu planning, assist with the shopping and help prepare their meals. In the main house, people are encouraged to participate in meal and snack preparation, with the support of our staff. We have some residents with specific dietary requirements, and their meals are prepared in a protected environment.

How does laundry work?

Residents in the flats do their own laundry. Those living in the main house 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?

Residents in the flats do their own tasks, while those living in the main house are encourage to take part, with the support of our staff.

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?

There are daily group activities planned at Woodhouse Hall, and every resident has their own plan of individual activities. We support individuals to use public transport for local journeys and to access a range of off-site activities. We also recognise that sometimes people might not want to participate on a certain day so will seek to support their decision and consider the reasons behind it.

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. Some of our residents have sensory requirements in order to reduce their anxieties, over-stimulation or to assist with emotional regulation. These needs will be carefully considered in their support plans, and our team are trained to utilise appropriate diversionary tactics.

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 ample off-road and on-road parking available at Woodhouse Hall.

What is the smoking policy?

We have designated an area in the garden for residents to smoke or 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.


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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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