About Homes Together
Homes Together is a leading provider of high quality accommodation and meaningful activities for young adults with visual impairments and learning disabilities from across the UK.
Since 2002, we have offered a new home to individuals ready to take the next big step in their lives whether they have left school or college, experienced a change in family circumstances, or simply want to try and live more independently.
One in three people in the UK with a learning disability are affected by a sight problem. This can have a profound effect on day-to-day life and pose specific challenges. For example:
- Communication difficulties can often make sight problems harder to explain, which can lead to behavioural issues that can be misunderstood
- Sight loss can aggravate or even cause mental health problems in those with learning disabilities
- People with learning disabilities might not be able to access the right support or services; sight problems can make this all the more isolating
- A sight problem can turn into sight loss if not identified and treated effectively
Homes Together aims to provide professional support tailored to these very needs, helping service users to live a life of dignity, independence, comfort and opportunity and feel welcome in their local community.
Behind Homes Together is an experienced leadership team with impressive backgrounds in the healthcare and charity sectors. The company was set up in 2002 by Director Stephen Jones, the former College Principal and Assistant Chief Executive of Henshaws Society for Blind People. Qualified in teaching and psychology, Steve is also Director of Homes Together’s sister company Bangeston Autism Care Services in Wales.
Shortly after setting up Homes Together, Steve appointed Sheila Jack as Director of Care across both the Homes Together and Bangeston sites. Sheila and Steve had worked together at Henshaws for many years and were able to apply that knowledge and expertise across all Homes Together properties and in the tailored programmes for each individual in their care. Today, Steve and Sheila run the company, while entrusting the day-to-day management of the homes to its committed and skilled managers. To find out more about them, Meet the Team.
Sight loss and learning disability in the UK
- One in three people with a learning disability are affected by a sight problem
- Adults with learning disabilities are ten times more likely to be blind or partially sighted than the general population
- These individuals are also the least likely to get the right help and support with eye care
- There are currently around 96,500 adults with learning disabilities who are also blind or partially sighted
- Young people with vision impairment are twice as likely (44%) as their sighted peers not to be in employment, education or training
*Royal National Institute of Blind People/Seeability