A real and lasting difference for everyone we support


204 Longmeanygate
Midge Hall
PR26 7TB

T: 01772 458734

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Oxen Barn

About Oxen Barn

At Oxen Barn we provide 24/7 specialist residential support for people who have autism and who also have behaviours that challenge, learning disabilities and may also have other needs, including visual impairment, mental health issues and diagnosed health conditions.

We recognise the importance of people having a fulfilling life with opportunities to access community based services, activities and resources, wherever possible.

Our approach to care:

Within our team we have a range of professionals with specialist experience of working with people who have Autism and challenging behaviours which include our positive behaviour analyst, education and activity co coordinator, speech and language and occupational therapist along with our teams of support staff. Each member of staff receives training in specific areas including: mandatory training; positive behaviour support; autism; communication and sensory awareness; record keeping and de-escalation techniques.

We work alongside funding authorities and their specialist teams and we access local services for psychiatric and psychological input and a range of health services suited to each person’s needs. Everyone who lives at Oxen Barn is assigned a key worker who takes a lead in each individual’s support and maintaining links with their family.

Those living at Oxen Barn are supported to raise issues or make comment on their preferences, which are raised through our monthly ‘Your Voice’ feedback meetings.

What it’s like to live here:

We are located a mile from the centre of Leyland with easy access to local shops and amenities including leisure facilities, cinema and specialist educational resources at a local college and stables.

Oxen Barn has its own on-site transport to support people to access their activities and appointments. The people we support regularly participate in activities to promote independence and enhance these skills on an ongoing basis, such as visits to local shops, assisting in meal preparation and baking.

“I like the staff here and they help me to do nice things. I go out every morning with staff to buy my paper.” – Person supported by Craegmoor


Oxen Barn has been designed and developed around the individual needs of the people whose home it is. There are six bedrooms of which three have en suite facilities, there are communal lounges dining areas and kitchens and, in addition, there is a self-contained annexe. The accommodation is robust, low arousal and decorated in line with people’s preferences, wherever possible.

The home is in a semi-rural location and accessed by a private road. There are large gardens surrounding the property and outbuildings which are to be developed for additional resources, including a sensory room.

Admissions criteria:

Oxen Barn may be suitable for those who meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Adults with autism
  • Adults with a learning disability
  • Requires positive behavioural support