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Ivy Mead Littleworth Lane Lundwood Barnsley South Yorkshire S71 5RG  Tel:  01226 288 277 Fax: 01226 321 658


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Ivy Mead was registered as a care home for adults with learning disabilities in December 2003.


There are 2 purpose built homes within the grounds that accommodate 19 individuals, the houses are of brick construction and both houses have individual gardens and car parking facilities.

House 1 accommodates 10 individuals and is of a mixed occupancy, the house is built on 2 levels.

The first floor consists of 8 bedrooms all of which have individual WC and wash basins, There are 3 walk-in shower rooms and a bathroom, all of these are placed strategically for easy access.

On the ground floor there are 2 bedrooms that have en-suite facilities including shower, WC and wash basins, these rooms offer wheelchair user access, 3 WC, 1 designed for wheelchair users and a private telephone booth.

There is a spacious lounge / dinning area, a fully equipped modern kitchen, a sluice room and an activity room, all areas give access to the rear gardens.

House 2 offers a service to females; this house is also on 2 levels and accommodates 10 individual females.

There are 8 bedrooms on the first floor and 2 on the ground floor, all furnished and decorated to the same high standards as house 1, on the ground floor there is a large open plan lounge / dinning area, large modern fully equipped kitchen, Sluice room and 3 WC, 1 designed for wheelchair access  and a private telephone booth.

The homes location offers excellent access to local facilities and is on a main public transport route where buses can be caught to local towns i.e. Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield, Wakefield.

The home is situated next door to the local general practitioners surgery and the ‘Priory Campus’ where there are many educational and recreational courses and classes held.

Ivy Mead delivers care and support to individuals with learning disabilities and who may also have a history of mental health problems.

The home is staffed 24 hours a day by a highly trained, motivated staff team (Please See “Professional Development” for further information on staff training) who are managed by a service manager and an assistant manager.  Please click on the image above for more details.

A person centered approach ensures the individual’s wishes and needs are met and they remain in control of how they choose to live their lives, the Staff team support the individuals in achieving this whilst ensuring health, safety and well being of the individual is maintained.  

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Click  on the picture to read about Ivy Mead Management Team.

John has obtained his NVQ 4 and Registered Managers Award (Health and Social Care), alongside the IOSH Managing Safely and being a Safeguarding trainer for Leeds.

John has 15 years experience working with adults with learning and physical difficulties and experience in dealing with complex needs and behaviours.  With previous experience in both Registered and Regional Management roles he is skilled in developing personalised, self managing services that exceed standards.

John feels he is a very positive person and has a real passion for developing services and teams to create person centred services where the service users are at the centre of everything they do.

John Dossey

Service Manager, Ivy Mead

Originally from a little town in Oklahoma called Shawnee John joined the United States Air force at 18 and spent 10 years as a fire fighter.  When John left the US Air Force he stayed in the UK and worked several jobs from working reception to car sales and stumbled into being a support worker but loved it and chose to work his way up into management.


Michaela Gallamore

Interim Deputy Manager, Ivy Mead

Michaela joined Ivy Care in 2004 after recently moving to the Barnsley area and seeing an advert for a new home about to open.  Having always had an interest in mental health and support Michaela was looking for a job with a new challenge.

Starting as a support worker Michaela learnt a lot quickly and it wasn’t long before she took on the role as an acting senior.

Over the years Michaela has progressed to a full time Senior Support Worker role and after a break for maternity leave returned to work motivated for a new challenge.

Michaela is an experienced Moving and Handling trainer and has obtained her NVQ level 3.

With 14 years experience in the health and social care sector Michaela has now been appointed the Interim Deputy Manager role at Ivy Mead.

Michaela is keen to make a difference for both the team and above all the service users at Ivy Mead.