New supported living service for Stoke-on-Trent

Eden Futures, one of the country’s leading providers of supporting living services is expanding into Stoke-on-Trent, with its first development in the city launching later this month.

The organisation supports adults with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour, mental illness and autism across the Midlands and the North of England and is working in partnership with Hilldale Housing Association to provide seven supported living apartments in the Northwood area of the city.

The new service will be used to primarily support those with mental health issues and provides them with a step-down from more restrictive living environments.

Each of the self-contained apartments will have its own bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and lounge-diner – with assistive technologies and an on-site staff hub enabling Eden Futures to provide 24/7 support to its service users if required.

As a direct result of the new development, Eden Futures is expecting to create 12 new jobs in Stoke – and the company is already accepting applications on its website.

Commenting on the new service, Dave Whittock, director of service development at Eden Futures, said: “Following continued discussions with the local authority and relevant housing association, we realised that there’s a strong demand for additional support for those with mental ill-health needs in Stoke-on-Trent.

“As a member of the Restraint Reduction Network, we’re committed to reducing the requirement for restrictive practices in the health and social care sector. We’re therefore delighted to be providing these seven self-contained apartments to those who may have come from a residential care home or acute hospital provision.

“Last year, we established seven new and expanded developments to our portfolio, increasing the care and support we provide across 167 sites. We look forward to launching more supported living provision in England during 2020.”