Located in Lindfield, West Sussex, Hollyrood is a residential and day centre providing services for people with autism, and is run through The Disabilities Trust's autism services. Hollyrood provides support and accommodation for 25 adults, aged over 18, who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, or have autistic tendencies. We also support individuals with behaviours that might challenge alternative services and those with epilepsy.

Staff are trained to help service users achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life, and we respect each person's right to individual choice, dignity, independence and fulfilment. Our commitment to innovative management practices ensures that Hollyrood delivers excellent services.


Inspired by the potential of the people who use The Disabilities Trust's autism services support people with autism to live independent and fulfilled lives. We offer individually tailored support aimed at best meeting the individual needs of service users to achieve their full potential.

autistic male service user with support working on hand to eye coordination

Our focus at Hollyrood is to highlight and further support 'ability' where there may be disability. We promote the individual's right to privacy, respect, choice and inclusion and encourage people to express their views and concerns through regular liaison with their families, carers and our multi disciplinary team.

Autism is a complex disability and no two people have the same needs. Our detailed assessment procedure is designed to determine the level of support needed by each individual. We are committed to finding new ways of understanding the views of those who have communication difficulties and tailor our methods to best meet the needs of that person.

Our person centred approach places service users at the heart of everything that we do. We recognise that people with autistic spectrum disorders often behave in ways which challenge traditional service provision. This is often a way of someone communicating frustration, anxiety, pain or needs. Our highly experienced therapeutic team is trained to manage challenging behaviour by using interventions and enabling service users to communicate their needs and feelings in a non-threatening environment.

The best thing about working here is seeing the service users grow in confidence.
Tracy, Senior Support Worker

Facilities and environment

Set in beautiful landscaped grounds, Hollyrood comprises four houses and a flat on one site, and two four-bedroom community houses in nearby Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.

All rooms at the main service are for one person and many are en-suite and individually designed, with input from each individual to reflect their interests and needs. The centre has plenty of space for privacy and each house has its own kitchen and laundry.

The ample grounds contain a sensory garden, greenhouse and allotment. All service users enjoy access to a well-equipped activity and events centre. Facilities include a gym, woodwork centre, cement works, pottery, trampoline, training kitchen, music room, computer station and a sensory room. Hollyrood has its own psychology department, and our qualified staff are experienced and trained in the latest treatment and education systems for people with autism.

Community inclusion is a priority, and service users have access to swimming, trampolining and gymnastics, bowling and horse riding. Hollyrood and the community houses also have their own transport for service users.


Hollyrood is less than half a mile from the village of Lindfield and two miles from Haywards Heath, with mainline railway links to London (40 minutes) and Brighton as well as a good selection of shops, colleges and leisure facilities. The two community houses also benefit from excellent local facilities and transport links including buses.


As well as being fully compliant with Care Quality Commission standards, our corporate Quality Assurance Department oversees a regular external inspection and ad-hoc visits set against the CQC's own quality outcomes. This ensures that standards are maintained and built upon regularly. The inspections and audits include seeking feedback from all stakeholders, including service users, families, and local authorities. Our quality report outcomes are also published annually.

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