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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

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.

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

 

 

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.

Coming soon to Leeds


We’re delighted to start work on our new #Pudsey #supported living service in Leeds. Developer Pudsey SSL Limited has begun building twelve apartments and eight specialist bungalows which will be ready late 2021/early 2022.

The service has support from Leeds CCG and Leeds City Council and the housing provider is Blue Square Residential.  Once open it’ll employ 48 full time members of staff.

If you’re interested in joining our #Pudsey team visit https://www.edenfutures.org/work-for-us/search-jobs/#jobs or if you want to talk to us about a referral visit https://www.edenfutures.org/what-we-do/who-we-support-and-care-for/

Drawing of the new service.

Eden Futures service recognised for good autism practice


Eden Futures’ service, Cherry Trees in Nottinghamshire, has been awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families.

Autism Accreditation is an autism-specific quality assurance programme. It was set up by the National Autistic Society in 1992 to improve the support available to autistic people in organisations throughout the UK and across the world, including local authorities, NHS trusts, education authorities, schools, colleges and more. To gain Accreditation, organisations must meet a standard of excellence and follow a framework for continuous self-examination and development.

Commenting Lorna Durrant, Head of Specialist Strategies and Outcomes, explains: “This accreditation is fantastic news and is testament to the incredible work the team do supporting autistic people. They clearly demonstrate the vision and values of our business – Brave, Positive, Responsive, Well-led and Caring and Compassionate.

“The service was visited by an accreditation advisor and hosted by one of our autistic Experts by Experience who lives in the service. The advisor found the autistic people we support ‘presented as feeling safe and calm, with proactive and preventative strategies in place to avoid anxiety, confusion, or distress’ and that we demonstrated the ability to help autistic people to ‘understand and regulate their emotions’. The advisor reported it was ‘clear to see that there was an obvious rapport between staff and autistic people with a genuine sense of mutual respect and care.’

“The advisor went on to say; ‘Cherry Trees has a strong staff team who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the residents they support and show a clear understanding of why they are using specific strategies to support individuals.’ The ‘passion and vision’ of the service manager was highlighted as promoting a ‘‘can do’ attitude and encouraging positive risks to be taken’.

“The Eden Futures Expert by Experience programme was also applauded by the advisor as offering ‘autistic people genuine training and employment opportunities, ensuring that the voices of those with lived experiences are listened to and valued’.”

There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK. Because it’s a spectrum, every autistic person is different and will have their own strengths and face varying challenges. Some autistic children and adults need 24-hour care and support and won’t be able to work.

Stephen Dedridge, Head of Autism Accreditation (South) at the National Autistic Society said: “Eden Futures’ Cherry Trees service should be very proud of its achievement.  We launched our Autism Accreditation programme over 25 years ago and set extremely high standards, which Cherry Trees has worked hard to meet. We hope other organisations and services will follow their lead and work with us to improve the way they support autistic people.”

New supported living services and jobs coming to Chesterfield


Eden Futures’ new supported living service in the Brampton area of Chesterfield is taking shape, with the company planning to welcome users next Spring.  As a result, the search is on for 32 new support workers and staff to work there.

Construction is on track. Opening late March 2021, Eden Futures will provide six self-contained apartments and six new build specialist bungalows with built-in assistive technology.

Working with developers The SSL Partnership, social landlord Inclusion Housing and the commissioning team of Derbyshire County Council to provide this new service, it’s 8.5 miles away from Eden Futures’ existing services in the county.

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “Despite the challenges of the pandemic we’re moving forward with our plans to meet the shortage of specialist supported living services which are much needed in communities. We welcome applications for the posts to support the service which are advertised on our website.

“We’ve already helped more than 650 people across 150 sites to live in their own home in the community, and we work alongside them and their relatives to achieve this in collaboration with developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals.  We have a number of schemes under construction across the country including Chesterfield and in Hull, Derby and Newark, creating more than 200 full time jobs in total.”

To arrange a referral email referrals@nulledenfutures.org. To join the team visit https://www.edenfutures.org/work-for-us/search-jobs/

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Photo – the new service under construction.