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.

New supported living services and jobs coming to Derby city


Eden Futures’ new supported living service in Derby city is taking shape with the company expecting to welcome users early next year.  As a result, the company is recruiting 25 new support worker jobs over the next three to nine months to facilitate this.

Construction is on track. Opening late January 2021, Eden Futures will provide 12 self-contained apartments and three new build specialist bungalows with built-in assistive technology.

Eden Futures is working with developers Minster Developments and Specialist Supported Living Ltd,  social landlord Inclusion Housing and the commissioning team of Derby City Council to provide this new service which is 11 miles away from its existing services in Derbyshire.

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “We’ve helped many people to live in their own home in their own community. This is achieved by working alongside them with the cooperation of developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals. This allows us to identify potential new sites where the right accommodation can be built, with the right support system around it so it can operate sustainably, like here in Derby.”

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

Image: CGI of new Derby service exterior

Construction starts on new supported living service in Newark


Eden Futures is about to start construction on its newest supported living service in Newark, which will open mid-autumn 2021 and is recruiting for 35 new support worker jobs to facilitate this.

The 16-bed development of purpose-built properties will provide eight self-contained apartments, two two-bed apartments for people who require physical adaptions with built-in assistive technology and four new build specialist bungalows.

Eden Futures is working with developer Minster Developments, social landlord Inclusion Housing and the commissioning team of Nottinghamshire County Council to provide this new service which is just half a mile away from existing services.

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “Every person we support has their own tenancy agreement and their own front door, regardless of how complex their behavioural needs are.  . This is achieved by working alongside them with the cooperation of developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals. This allows us to identify potential new sites where the right accommodation can be built, with the right support system around it so it can operate sustainably, like here in Newark.”

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

Photo caption: Artists impression of the new service

Eden Futures ready to welcome first residents to new Nuneaton service


Eden Futures is ready to welcome service users to its new Nuneaton development, Weavers Court, which is now open. The development, in a central location of Attleborough, comprises 14 self-contained flats, four of which are accessible for people with physical disabilities with built-in assistive technology.  The first service users are likely to move in before the end of 2020, and referrals are being taken for the remaining apartments.

Eden Futures has worked in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and Inclusion Housing to provide the fourteen apartments, creating 22 new jobs.

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “We’ve worked collaboratively with our local partners to meet increasing demand and provide additional support. Every person has their own tenancy agreement and their own front door, regardless of how complex their behavioural needs are.  We’ve helped many people to live in their own home in their own community and will continue to develop more supported living provision across England next year and beyond.”

Councillor Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, Warwickshire County Council, visited site recently to see progress for himself, commenting: “Commissioned by Warwickshire County Council adult social care services and delivered by Eden Futures, in partnership with Inclusion Housing, Weavers Court complements the county’s existing portfolio and will provide adults with disabilities in Nuneaton with the opportunity of independent living.”

Each apartment at Weavers Court has its own bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and lounge-diner, while the shared accommodation includes a communal garden and living room for residents. Assistive technologies and an on-site staff hub enable Eden Futures to provide 24/7 support.

To arrange a referral visit contact us on referrals@nulledenfutures.org. To join our team in Nuneaton contact us via https://www.edenfutures.org/work-for-us/search-jobs/

Images show: External view of the service.

New supported living services and jobs coming to East Hull


Eden Futures’ two new supported living services to the east of Hull city centre are taking shape, expecting to welcome users early next year.  As a result, it’s recruiting 35 new support worker jobs over the next three to nine months to facilitate this.

Construction is on track. Opening mid to late January 2021, the first service is 13 self-contained apartments retrofitted in an existing building. The second is eight new build specialist bungalows which are accessible for people with physical disabilities with built-in assistive technology.

Eden Futures is working with developers Preston Rd Developments Ltd, social landlord Hilldale Housing Association and the commissioning team of Hull City Council on these expanding services which are within 30 miles of its existing services in Bridlington, Goole, Cottingham and Scunthorpe.

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “We’ve helped many people to live in their own home in their own community. This is achieved by working alongside them with the cooperation of developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals to identify potential new sites with the right support system so they can operate sustainably.”

Team visits new Nuneaton service to check on build progress


Eden Futures’ new supported living service in Attleborough near Nuneaton is taking shape, with the company expecting to welcome users moving in later in the year.

Members of its management team joined colleagues from builders Aspects, Specialist Supported Living and social landlord Inclusion Housing, the County Commissioner from Warwickshire County Council and Attleborough’s councillor for Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, to check on build progress.

Construction for the service being built in a central location in Attleborough is on track. The development comprises 14 self-contained flats, four of which are accessible for people with physical disabilities with built-in assistive technology. Eden Futures has provided flexible long-term care, support and housing solutions for people in this area for over 25 years.

Andy Sargeant, County and Borough Councillor for Attleborough, said: “I was delighted to see first hand the progress made to date to the build to add this supported living service to our community. This type and quality of accommodation provided by Eden Futures is really important to provide more choice for people with complex needs to live in a community setting in our borough.”

Councillor Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, Warwickshire County Council, comments: “It is welcome news that construction continues to progress at a great pace. The development, which has been commissioned by Warwickshire County Council adult social care services and delivered by Eden Futures, in partnership with Inclusion Housing, will complement the existing portfolio in the county and provide adults with disabilities in Nuneaton with the opportunity of independent living.”

Dave Whittock, director of service development, adds: “Every person we support has their own tenancy agreement and their own front door, regardless of how complex their behavioural needs are.  We’ve helped many people to live in their own home in their own community. This is achieved by working alongside them with the cooperation of developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals. This allows us to identify potential new sites where the right accommodation can be built, with the right support system around it so it can operate sustainably, like here in Attleborough. ”

To arrange a referral visit contact us on referrals@nulledenfutures.org. To join our team in Nuneaton contact us via https://www.edenfutures.org/work-for-us/search-jobs/

Pictured (left to right) Dawn Berry (CEO, Eden Futures), Phil Davies (site manager, Aspects), David Sherwood (Warwickshire County Council Commissioner for Accommodation Based Support for Adults), Ben Johnson (development manager, Inclusion Housing) and Andy Sergeant (Attleborough Councillor, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council).

EDEN FUTURES WELCOMES FIRST RESIDENTS TO NEW NOTTINGHAM SERVICE


Eden Futures is welcoming service users for the first time to its newly opened service in the Sherwood area of Nottingham city.  Six of the eight self-contained apartments are now full as part of the first phase of moving, with referrals in place for the remaining apartments and shared house accommodation as lockdown restrictions continue to relax.

Eden Futures has provided flexible long-term care, support and housing solutions for people in Nottinghamshire for over 25 years. It has worked in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Hilldale Housing Association to provide the eight apartments and two four-bed houses, creating 30 new jobs.

Dave Whittock, director of service development, says: “Building on our current service provision in Nottingham we’ve worked collaboratively with our partners to meet increasing demand and provide additional support. The lockdown brought many significant challenges, both to the people we support and our staff, and like many things it caused a delay to opening. We need to continue building specialist supported living services to support vulnerable people in our communities, so we’re delighted to be making progress now. We look forward to launching more supported living provision in England during 2020.”

Each apartment at the new service has its own bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and lounge-diner, while the shared accommodation includes a communal garden and living room for residents. Assistive technologies and an on-site staff hub enable Eden Futures to provide 24/7 support.

Shining a light on the value of support workers


By Shelley Bloom, Head of HR 

The social care sector, which includes Eden Futures as an employer of 1200 people, is vital to public health and safety during the coronavirus lockdown and most staff cannot work from home. Yet we haven’t heard much on the news about the great job they’re doing to continue to support people in their homes – particularly adults with learning disabilities, mental ill-health and autism – during these challenging times.

The many millions of the UK population being encouraged to stay at home also includes people in supported living accommodation, many of whom have behaviours described as challenging. Our team provides care and support to 650 service users across 127 sites ensuring they’re able to live independently in the community while occupying shared houses, sole apartments and specialist bungalows.

Our support workers and staff have been doing a fabulous job keeping service users occupied, entertained and their spirits up to maintain good health and wellbeing, as well as following the Government’s guidelines. Daily activities have ranged from making sure they get their daily exercise, cooking together, planting seeds and even making Easter cards for elderly neighbours. 

Service users’ lives have been really impacted with the closure of day services and restrictions to what support we can provide in the community so it’s been really lovely to see an array of videos and pictures from across the group on our social media that show them keeping busy while they can’t go out and do the things they normally do. Bearing in mind a lot of people we support thrive on routine, with the support of our staff, they’re coping well so far. We’re proud of every one of our team during this very unusual time.

People we support in Lincoln and staff made cards for residents of a nearby elderly care home to brighten their day. 

With new developments recently launched in Stoke and Nottingham, and other new services on the horizon, albeit maybe now delayed due to coronavirus, there remains a continued need for us to recruit – even during the crisis – to sustain the level of support we provide. Obviously interview methods have moved away from face to face meetings to video interviews as we take advantage of the technology at our disposal today and the need to stay at home for any non-essential travel.

Eden Futures wants to attract people to come and work for us who may already provide care but crucially may want or need a career change, perhaps if they’ve been working in the heavily hit retail or hospitality sectors. If people are classed as self-employed, they could even take advantage of the support offered by the Government and work for us at the same time.

Our employees have really demonstrated the vision and values of the business, and their can-do attitude in the past few months, even more so than usual. One example is Aleyshia Chocholko who joined the team after moving from a support worker position to internal recruiter.

Aleyshia won Eden Futures’ Ambassador Award 2019 and her enthusiasm and passion to show support workers how great Eden Futures is shines through – we get regular feedback from candidates telling us this too.

Aleyshia Chocholko

We can guarantee that new starters will be a vital part of helping our service users live their lives. At all levels there’s comprehensive training and development support with the chance to gain a recognised vocational qualification, free support for continued wellbeing and a workplace pension scheme.

We know the national turnover rate of social care workers is high, some 33.8%, mainly due to low-level pay and the challenging nature of the work, however Eden Futures’ turnover figure is much lower than this. Those already employed in social care make up 6% of the UK’s total workforce, a figure which is greater than the total NHS workforce.

The need for adult social care jobs will increase by 36% by 2023 and, up until the start of 2020, Brexit was our greatest concern as it meant a potential 70,000 shortfall in workers. Coronavirus-related shortages and limitations supersedes all this. Whilst it’s desperately sad to see the loss of jobs in other industries, such as retail, manufacturing and hospitality, it does create a talent pool to tap into and provide people with a new career at Eden Futures.

 

Eden appoints new Head of HR


Eden Futures appoints Shelley Bloom as its new head of human resources. With over 20 years of HR experience under her belt, Shelley has held senior roles within the profession across a wide range of sectors – including engineering, manufacturing, printing and now health and social care.

In her role, Shelley leads on all aspects of human resources. She’ll revolutionise the Eden Futures HR platform by ensuring that its people agenda is fully aligned to support its organisational strategy, vision and values.

Commenting on her appointment, Shelley said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the team at Eden Futures. Health and social care play such vital roles in society. I’m excited to be taking on a new challenge and privileged to be in a position which will allow me to make a real difference to peoples’ lives.”

CEO, Dawn Berry, added: “We welcome Shelley to our team. I have no doubt that she’ll use her knowledge and expertise to help Eden Futures to continue to thrive.

“Our employees are at the heart of everything we do, so it is always brilliant to be able to work with talented professionals who can help us develop and improve our services across the country.”

Shelley Bloom is the Head of Human Resources for Eden Futures

Awards for the pride of Eden Futures


Eden Futures announces the winners of this year’s employee Excellence Awards.

With 300 nominees there were 30 finalists and 14 awards presented at the event, which recognised the talent, hard work and determination of the team.  This year’s ceremony saw two new awards introduced; Eden Future Values and Life Changer.

The 2019 winners are:

  • Bash Zaffar – Making a Difference Award
  • Alyeshia Chocholko – Ambassador Award
  • Lee Severns – Extra Mile Award
  • Kevin Handley – Best Practice Autism Award
  • Helen Lee – Behind the Scenes Award
  • Debbie Jagger – Best Newcomer
  • Mansfield Team- Positive Behaviour Support Award
  • Warwick and Coventry Services – Most Improved Service Award
  • Michael Weaver – Apprentice of the Year Award
  • Bowbridge Road – Life Changer Award
  • Holly Goldie – Support Worker of the Year Award
  • Katie Pridmore – Inspiring Leader Award
  • Chorley Complex Team – Eden Futures Values Award
  • Beamish Court Ollerton – Best Service Award

Dawn Berry, CEO, said: “It’s a privilege to bestow our Excellence Awards on our top performing staff. I’d like to thank everyone at Eden Futures for their tireless determination in driving positive change over the past twelve months.

“As an organisation, our visions and values are born through the dedication and commitment of our employees, who share a strong quality-service ethos. It is our mission to provide bespoke individual support to help people with learning disabilities and mental illnesses live more independent lives, and the Excellence Awards offer us the perfect opportunity to give our staff the recognition they truly deserve.”

 

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