New supported living service in Nottingham city centre

Eden Futures is enhancing its service provision in Nottingham, with its latest development due to launch in April.

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 Nottingham City Council to provide eight self-contained apartments and two four-bed houses in the city.

The new service will be used to primarily support those with learning disabilities and mental health needs – and will provide them with a first step towards more independent living.

Each of the eight self-contained apartments will have its own bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and lounge-diner, while the shared accommodation will include a shared garden for residents to enjoy. Assistive technologies and an on-site staff hub will also enable Eden Futures to provide 24/7 support to its service users as and where required. The two shared houses will have access to their own garden and living room.

As a direct result of the new development, Eden Futures is expecting to create 30 new jobs in Nottingham – 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 a successful mini procurement process with the local authority and Hilldale housing association, we are working collaboratively to meet the strong demand for additional support for those with learning disabilities and mental ill-health needs in Nottingham.

“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 alternatively accommodation options to those who may otherwise be living at 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.”