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New service opens in West Yorkshire


New specialist independent living accommodation has opened in West Yorkshire. The supported living service in Stanningley near Pudsey, West Yorkshire contains twelve self-contained apartments and eight specialist bungalows within a purpose-built development. Eden Futures will deliver the 24/7 care and support for people living there, creating 40 jobs.

The development is a collaboration by developer Pudsey SSL Limited, registered provider Blue Square Residential, the commissioning teams of NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Leeds City Council, and Eden Futures.

Yvette Keenoy, area manager, says: “We deliver the support services for people aged 18 and over, most of whom have autism, a learning disability or mental health needs. We support people to be as independent as possible and help them achieve their goals. We’re delighted to expand our services locally in Stanningley and look forward to welcoming people soon.”

Kevin Ritchie, Councillor for Bramley & Stanningley Ward and Disability Champion, Leeds City Council, said: “I’m pleased to see this exciting development to support adults with learning disabilities and other health needs. There is a great need for appropriate, supported and fully accessible accommodation, to enable people to live as fully and independently as possible. I welcome the residents to the area and look forward to linking them in with other third sector partners in the City to join in the many activities that improve life skills, build confidence and wellbeing and help lead fulfilling lives.”

Katy Peters, supported living manager, Blue Square Residential, adds: “Back in 2019, Leeds CCG identified a gap in service provision so Stanningley was developed, in partnership with them, to meet the needs of this cohort. We’ve provided brand-new, purpose-built accommodation and enhanced support options within the city boundary. The service will enable the CCG to reduce delays in hospital discharges, avoid hospital admissions and repatriate individuals who are currently placed out-of-area.”

Dave Whittock, Eden Futures’ director of service development, concludes: “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 support worker posts for Stanningley as they‘re integral to the support network we provide. We’re looking for people to join us who don’t just work in the sector already, but those people with no experience who share our company values and want an alternative career as full training is provided.”

 

New adult supported living accommodation opens in Chesterfield


New specialist independent living accommodation for adults with learning disabilities, autism or complex care needs has opened in Chesterfield. Based in Chesterfield Street, Brampton, the 12-bed supported living service has welcomed its first person who moved into one of the site’s specialist bungalows.

Built by developer Fineroad Ltd for registered provider Inclusion Housing and the commissioning team of Derbyshire County Council. Eden Futures has been appointed by the Council to deliver the care and support packages for the people living there, creating new jobs.

Leah Holroyd, area manager, says: “We support people to be as independent as possible and to achieve what they want to with their lives. We’re delighted to extend our support services locally and look forward to welcoming more people soon and help them settle into their new homes.”

Sarah Waters, business director, Inclusion Housing, adds: “We’re delighted to see this new Eden Futures development open to move people out of residential care and into supported living. The development already has a healthy pipeline of enquiries.”

Dave Whittock, director of service development at Eden Futures, 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 support worker posts for the Chesterfield service.

“With plans for new services in the Midlands, Yorkshire and North East, we’re recruiting for 250 further posts over the next few years. We want to attract people who don’t just work in the sector already, but those with no experience who want a new and exciting career. We’ll ensure team members are equipped with the skills and necessary training to provide specialist assistance for the people we care for and support.”

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

To join Eden Futures’ team, visit https://www.edenfutures.org/work-for-us/search-jobs/ or email recruitment@nulledenfutures.org

Eden Futures appoints new Chief Executive


Eden Futures has appointed Helen Stokes as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Helen joins from CareTech, a provider of high-quality care and support across the whole health and social care spectrum for children and adults, where she was Managing Director for Specialist Services. She succeeds Dawn Berry who is stepping down after nearly seven years with Eden Futures.

Christa Echtle, Chairperson at Eden Futures, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Helen, who has over 25 years working in and leading health and social care settings, to Eden Futures. Helen and the team will continue to focus on expanding our services, enabling us to support people to be as independent as possible.”

Commenting Helen Stokes said: “I am delighted to be joining Eden Futures at this exciting time for growth, and I am looking forward to leading the organisation in providing great outcomes for those we support.”

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.”

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