Kirkside House

1 Spen Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EJ

Kirkside House is a residential service providing outcome focused care for adults with learning disabilities, who may have behaviours that challenge and associated complex needs.

Kirkside House offers a modern purpose-built residential accommodation with spacious communal areas and an enclosed outdoor garden set in mature woodlands within a homely family-style environment. It consists of one three-bed apartment and one four-bed apartment. Located in the suburbs of Kirkstall in Leeds, the home is within close proximity to local services and amenities, including major transport links.

Ongoing assessment and high staffing levels, based on a minimum ratio of one staff member to two residents, means that we are able to meet the changing needs of residents as they progress through their care pathway, while ensuring their safety is maintained and their independence supported. Regular review meetings involving the resident, their family and professionals are held to review outcomes, set new goals and re-assess support levels as residents progress.

The management and staff team have comprehensive training, including all mandatory training and bespoke training specific to the needs of the residentsl; this includes CIS, safeguarding, food safety, first aid, specialised intervention techniques, autism, mental health, mental capacity and record keeping.

Vocational activities and learning opportunities*

We believe that it is essential for people’s wellbeing to have purpose in their day-to-day life and to learn new skills. We have established different work projects to introduce vocational and learning activities where the people in our care can learn valuable skills and develop confidence. Service users have access to:

  • Employment projects, such as bakery, textiles and horticultural work to help deliver meaningful occupation
  • The education centre, which provides a range of ASDAN accredited courses tailored to suit individual service users’ needs, incorporating learning through sensory and academic experiences

*Subject to geography and availability

The people we support

  • Adults from the age of 18
  • Individuals with a primary diagnosis of learning disability accompanied with challenging behaviour including mental illness, co-morbid substance misuse or a forensic background
  • We do not accept people detained under the Mental Health Act (1983). However, we can support people on the following sections: 7 (Guardianship), 17 (Planned/authorised leave), 117 (Aftercare arrangements) and 25 (Supervised discharge) or a Community Treatment Order

Community Links

  • Kirkstall abbey
  • Cardigan fields, Kirkstall road with restaurant and cinema complex
  • Supermarkets
  • Sensory Leeds (sensory room) in Headingley
  • Main transport route which provides regular bus services to Leeds Centre

Kirkside House in the news


The Doctor has landed at Kirkside’s Gardening Project

The Doctor has landed in the grounds of Kirkside House and Kirkside Lodge, our community residential services in Leeds for adults with learning disabilities and associated complex needs. The creative gardening team and residents of the Gardening Project have together built a tardis to be the entrance to a seating area for residents to relax in.

Kirkside Lodge’s Bakery Project supports local charity Meeting Point

Service users and staff at Kirkside Lodge’s Bakery Project have been supporting a local charity, Meeting Point, by donating left over food every week. The Bakery Project have formed close ties with Meeting Point and every Monday service users and staff from the project travel over to Christ Church in Armley to donate food.

Community Residential Services Gardening Project

This week it is National Allotment Week and we wanted to tell you about the fantastic Gardening Project at Kirkside House, our enhanced community residential home for adults with learning disabilities and associated complex needs.

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