Eden Futures announces 2021 development pipeline and jobs creation

Eden Futures has revealed solid plans for new developments in 2021, building on its expansion and progress during 2020 when it opened three additional supported living services.

Like many providers, Eden Futures faced challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of delays to project development. Now back on track, the next 12 months will see nearly 70 apartments and specialist bungalows being built and opening.

David Whittock, director of service development at Eden Futures says, “As with other organisations, we’re having to adapt to the pandemic accepting that it is here to stay for some time. Despite this challenging national situation, there remains a need for more specialist supported living services to be built in communities.

“To date we’ve helped some 652 people across 171 sites to live in their own home in the community, working alongside them and their relatives in collaboration with developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals.

“We currently have six schemes under construction in Hull, Derby, Chesterfield, Newark and are discussing new sites in Leeds with local authorities and housing providers. Across these seven locations we’ll be creating more than 200 full time jobs.”

Eden Futures’ two Hull developments, which are both due for completion towards the end of January 2021, includes 13 apartments and eight specialist bungalows. In Chesterfield six apartments and six specialist bungalows are being constructed, whilst in Newark, 12 apartments and four specialist bungalows are being built, for people who require physical adaptions with built-in assistive technology with a due date of autumn 2021.

Mr Whittock continues: “We’re delighted to have a strong development pipeline for 2021. Our ongoing investment is important so that people with learning disabilities, mental ill health and autism can live in appropriate settings and receive the care and support they need. We continue to work closely with the NHS, developers, and registered housing providers to achieve this, to meet growing demand and reduce the number of people detained in unsuitable accommodation.”