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Supported living services increase in Nuneaton, but more staff needed


Less than a year since its opening, Eden Futures’ supported living development in Nuneaton is nearly full, with plans in place for a further development to be built in the town in the coming years to add extra capacity.

The development, in a central location of Attleborough, includes fourteen self-contained apartments for people with learning disabilities, mental ill health and autism. Eden Futures was appointed by Warwickshire County Council to deliver the care and support packages for the people living there.

Dave Parsons, Team Manager, said: “We support people to be as independent as possible and to achieve what they want to with their lives. The development has been successful in moving people, who are working age adults, out of residential care and into supported living within their own community.

“The high level of enquiries and referrals for placements is such that we could fill the remaining apartments tomorrow, but we need to recruit more staff before we can do that. We’re actively looking for eight permanent members of staff to join our team of support workers in Nuneaton.”

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “Commissioned by adult social care services and delivered by Eden Futures, in partnership with registered provider Inclusion Housing, this development is an important part of local services. But we urgently need more specialist staff to support people, not just here in Warwickshire, but across the country. This takes the pressure off acute care and hospitals and allows people to live independently.”

J lives in the development and is supported by Eden Futures’ team. She says: “I’ve really struggled with my mental health over the years, so badly that I tried to take my own life, meaning that I now need support from staff for a lot of the day.

“I was so ill that I stayed in a hospital for two years and whilst I still tended to self-harm, medication helped me a lot. This enabled me to move out of hospital into supported living about three months ago, and I’ve been doing well. The care and support the Eden Futures team give me is great, the best I’ve experienced really. It’s helping me to overcome my anxiety and worries about living by myself, which is giving me a brighter outlook on life.”

To join Eden Futures’ team please visit the jobs page or email recruitment@nulledenfutures.org

New Eden Futures chairperson announced


Eden Futures has appointed Christa Echtle as its new Chairperson.

Christa has an impressive track record in supporting businesses like Eden Futures to develop their services. She has 30 years’ experience in healthcare services and MedTech companies. She’ll be a valuable contributor to our continued success, and we’re excited to have her join the team.

Christa has an impressive track record of over 30 years working in various healthcare settings, ranging from social care, specialist recruitment, medical outsourcing and MedTech.  Her experience includes working for public, private and private equity owned companies.

Dawn Berry, Chief Executive Officer, says: “With her background and experience Christa will be a valuable contributor to our continued success; we’re excited to have her join the team.

“Sovereign’s continued investment in Eden Futures reflects their long-term confidence in us as one of the best supported living companies in the UK and is a testament to our positive working relationship.  With Christa, the executive team and I will be working closely with Sovereign to develop new services and to continue supporting people in our existing services.”

Make a difference and support independence in Lincoln


The Lincoln team at Eden Futures rose to the challenge of delivering great services during the pandemic, going above and beyond to support local people with learning disabilities, mental ill health and autism.

And a recruitment open day is being held on Friday 19 November at North Hykeham Memorial Hall for people interested in becoming a support worker to join the Lincoln team and help people live more independently to continue this work further.

The team works across a variety of services in Lincoln from apartments to shared houses, with a range of individuals with different support needs.

Staff kept service users entertained during lockdown by organising at-home activities such as board game nights, arts and crafts, gardening and bingo nights.

But the people supported by Eden Futures recently were able to enjoy a seaside trip to Ingoldmells. Covid had hampered their return to their favourite caravan site but an end to lockdown meant a much-anticipated re-visit. Staff organised the transport, booked accommodation and helped with budgeting for spending money.

Support Worker Lindsey, who started with the company 12 months ago, has also organised group trips to Skegness and Alton Towers for the people she supports. “Working here is so different to any other care job I’ve had. It fits around the family which is unusual for care work. I really enjoy working with the adults and helping to be more independent – every day is different,” she said.

The staff team often flex their planning skills and encourage the people they support to schedule their favourite things across the week. One individual is being supported to apply for voluntary work with dogs, while another is looking to join the gym and has been supported to look around potential fitness centres, try out the bus routes to and from them and meet the fitness staff.

Andi works in a supported living service for three males with Autism and ensures they make it to their weekly disco night at Club 87. Support Worker Andi said, “I’ve worked for Eden Futures for eight years and the experience across the company is incredible. In our role you get an opportunity to build a relationship with the service users and make a massive difference in their lives. You can see it on their face when you walk in each day.”

Eden Futures Manager Katie Pridmore said the hard work and dedication of the team could not be celebrated enough. “Eden Futures is proud to have such an exceptional team supporting adults with disabilities to be as independent as possible. The recruitment open day is a great opportunity for local people interested in a care move or a complete change of career, to come and find out more about what we do and get involved.”

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Photo caption: People supported by Eden Futures enjoying their seaside trip to Ingoldmells.

Hard working staff are the pride of Eden Futures


Eden Futures has celebrated the hard work of staff members in the company’s Excellence Awards.

After an unprecedented challenging year, the awards recognise the commitment and dedication of Eden Futures’ employees. Some 1300 members of staff deliver care and support packages across the country to adults living in the community who are autistic, have learning disabilities, enduring mental ill health and high support needs.

Commissioned by the Council’s adult social care services, in partnership with a registered housing provider, these services are an important part of the local authority’s overall health & social care strategy.

With hundreds of nominees over the eleven Excellence Awards categories, the talent, hard work and determination of the team throughout the past twelve months has been highlighted right across the business.  There were winners and runners up in service categories including Autism Best Practice, Best Service, Lifechanger, Most Improved Service, Positive Behaviour Support. Individuals were also recognised in the Support Worker of the Year, Extra Mile, Outstanding Leadership, Ambassador, Behind the Scenes and Eden Values awards.

Dawn Berry, CEO, said: “It’s a privilege to celebrate our top performing staff through these awards. It’s been a difficult year and we’ve all been very busy; we assist 650 people across 170 sites, whether that be in shared houses, sole apartments or specialist bungalows. This involves on-site support where staff are available 24 hours a day.

“The whole team has risen to the challenge of delivering great services during a very demanding time and we’ve stayed on track in terms of opening new services and supporting some very complex, vulnerable people, so it’s important to celebrate success.”

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 The winners were:

Ambassador Winner Mike Beer
Autism Best Practice Winner Empire Court, Shirebrook
Behind the scenes Winner Misty Walters
Best Service Winner Harfield House, Tuxford
Extra Mile Winner Richard Firmstone
Lifechanger Winner James Hargreaves
Most improved service Winner The Maples, Cottingham
Outstanding Leadership Winner Leah Holroyd
Positive Behaviour Support Winner Hemswell Court team, Hull
Support Worker of the Year Winner Jill Dobson
The Eden Futures Values Award Winner Gemma Walters

Lincoln recruitment open day – 19 November


The Eden Futures team is holding a recruitment open day in Lincoln on Friday 19 November, 10am-4pm. The event is at North Hykeham Memorial Hall, 317 Newark Rd, North Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9RY.

We’re looking for new support workers to join our local team, so why not come down and see us and find out more about what we do?

We offer flexible working hours including full/part time/bank, evenings, weekends and night shifts – and a different experience every day!

Contact 03300 240039 for more information.

New supported living service and jobs creation coming to Pudsey


  • Eden Futures launches recruitment drive to assist people in supported living

Eden Futures is actively recruiting for 48 staff members to assist people set to live in new accommodation in Leeds. The supported living service in Pudsey will open Spring 2022 and contain twelve apartments and eight specialist bungalows within a purpose-built development.

Eden Futures works with adults who are autistic, have learning disabilities, enduring mental ill health and high support needs to support them in their everyday life. It’s provided flexible long-term care and support for people for over 25 years across northern England and the Midlands. This involves on-site support like in Pudsey where people live independently but support workers are available 24 hours a day.

Developer Pudsey SSL Limited is building the accommodation for Blue Square Residential and the commissioning teams of NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group and Leeds City Council.

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “Each person we support for the local commissioning team has their own tenancy agreement and front door, regardless of how complex their behavioural needs are.

“With a business commitment to open new services to support people in their homes, Eden Futures’ immediate plans include two further schemes in Hull, and ones in Leeds, Nuneaton, Newark, Stoke and Birmingham. We need to fill 250 full time job posts for professional, skilled workers over the next few years. We’re undertaking a significant recruitment drive to provide specialist assistance for people in supported living.”

Eden Futures helps people who live in their own accommodation by providing the care and support packages they need. It currently assists 650 people across 152 sites.

If you know someone who might benefit from a supported living place in Pudsey, you can email referrals@nulledenfutures.org.

To join Eden Futures’ Pudsey team please visit the jobs page on our website https://www.edenfutures.org/work-for-us/search-jobs/ or email recruitment@nulledenfutures.org

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Photo caption: Artist’s impression of the new Pudsey service

 

 

‘Good’ news


We’re delighted to say that all of our registered locations that have been inspected by the Care Quality Commission are now rated ‘Good’.

Sarah Frank, Director of Quality & Governance, says: “I’m proud to lead the Quality Team in an organisation that values excellence and places quality at the heart of everything.  We’re very pleased that all our registered locations, where an inspection has taken place, are rated Good by the Care Quality Commission. This is the result of outstanding teamwork and a values-based approach to supporting people.” 

Rotherham supported living accommodation opens


New supported living accommodation has opened in Rawmarsh, Rotherham, with Eden Futures having been appointed by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver the care and support packages for people living there.

Willowgarth has been built by Minster Developments for Hilldale Housing Association and commissioned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.  The 14-bed service comprises eight self-contained apartments, and six ground floor bungalows with built-in assistive technology, making them suitable for people with physical disabilities too.

Eden Futures has provided long-term care, support and housing solutions locally for over 25 years, including in Clowne, Dinnington, Wath-upon-Dearne, Parkgate and Maltby.

An open day is being held on Wednesday 14 July for people to view the service, both to live and to work there.

Angela Clarke, Housing Manager, says: “We support people to be as independent as possible and to achieve what they want to with their lives. We’re pleased to extend our services locally and look forward to welcoming people soon and help them settle into their new homes and provide ongoing support.

“We’re recruiting for 30 positions to support this service, so if you’re interested in a rewarding career in social care do visit the jobs page on our website for more information.”

 

Dawn Berry, Chief Executive Officer, says: “We’re delighted to see this new development open to move people who are working age adults with autism, learning disabilities or mental health needs out of residential care and into supported living. There are four referrals in progress for the service already and a further eight in the pipeline.”

For more details on the Open Day contact Misty Walters on 07825 925334 or email Misty.Walters@nulledenfutures.org

New supported living accommodation opens for adults in east Hull


New supported living accommodation has opened in east Hull, with Eden Futures having been appointed by Hull City Council to deliver the care and support packages for residents.

Split across two neighbouring sites Isaac Newton House has been built by Preston Road Developments Ltd for Hilldale Housing Association and commissioned by Hull City Council.  The service comprises 13 self-contained apartments which have been modelled in an existing building, and eight new-build specialist bungalows with built-in assistive technology.

Eden Futures has created 35 new support worker posts for the service and appointed Anita Lovelock as Service Manager. The company has provided long-term care, support and housing solutions locally for over 25 years, including in Bridlington, Goole, Cottingham and Scunthorpe.

Anita Lovelock, Service Manager, says: “We support people to be as independent as possible and to achieve what they want to with their lives. We’re pleased to extend our support services locally and look forward to welcoming people soon and help them settle into their new homes.”

Councillor Gwen Lunn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Public Health at Hull City Council, adds: “We’re delighted to see this new Eden Futures development open to move people who are working age adults with autism, learning disabilities or mental health needs through our Transforming Care pathway; out of residential care and into supported living. The development is in line with demand with seven referrals already in progress and a further eight in the pipeline.”

Image: Isaac Newton House, Hull.

Eden Futures provides care and support for new supported living service in Derby


Eden Futures is providing care and support for new accommodation in the centre of Derby, which recently opened its doors.

Built by Minster Developments for Inclusion Housing Association and the commissioning team of Derby City Council, Eden Futures has taken on 25 employees to support the people living there.

The first person moved in this week to the housing which includes twelve self-contained apartments and three new build specialist bungalows.

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “Each person we support has their own tenancy agreement and front door, regardless of how complex their behavioural needs are.  Since 1994 we’ve helped thousands of people to live in their community by providing the care and support packages they need.  We’ve facilitated 200 new placements in the last five years alone and currently assist 650 people across 170 sites.

“We can only achieve this by working with developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals in partnership. Together we’re able to work towards having the right sustainable support for people living in their own accommodation.”

Image: Inclusion Housing Association’s supported living accommodation in Derby, which is now open.