Our positive risk approach results in new supported living options in Gloucestershire

April 17, 2018

Consensus have engaged closely with the Local Authority in Gloucestershire since 2016 about local needs and demand. Gloucestershire provided detailed evidence which clearly identified a need for housing and support solutions that would meet the needs of people with a learning disability including those who have autism, Prader-Willi syndrome and or other additional complex needs.

Based on those discussions we were able to share our positive approach to risk taking when a need is evidenced and to propose our investment in new services and solutions.

Gloucestershire were from the outset very interested in the location we had in mind for the proposed property with its enviable access to the local community as well as our ability to develop supported living. We did not enter a contractual arrangement with Gloucestershire instead we applied and were accepted onto two frameworks, being; complex needs and shared accommodation, as an approved provider.

In gaining acceptance onto these frameworks the quality of our support for people with a range of complex needs was recognised as very person centred and outcome focussed.

In our proposal of the solution we were positive about the investment and the opportunity to meet local needs in area that was new to Consensus. We have demonstrated our ability to be responsive through the development of positive relationships with Local Authorities to local challenges and need and are able to draw upon and evidence best practice from our nearest services in Wales, Bristol and Bath as well as nationally.

Established in 2005, Consensus has quickly developed into a leading provider of support and accommodation for individuals with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs.

We now provide personalised support for more than 500 people across the UK in residential, supported living and short break services. We’re passionate about enabling the individuals we support to live a meaningful life and use person centred planning to put them at the heart of everything we do.

Our new service, St Stephen’s Road, in Cheltenham, offers a safe, supported living setting for individuals with learning disabilities, autism and a range of additional and complex needs, including physical disability and behaviours which others might find challenging.

At St Stephen’s Road individuals are able to live within their own flat with their own tenancy providing them with more choice and control over their decisions and how they live their life. However, they have the additional benefit of having a trained team of staff on site and available to provide the support they need, when they need it.

Each tenant has a support package, separate from their tenancy which is based on an assessment of their individual needs and which forms the basis of their bespoke person-centred plan. The focus is on supporting people towards greater independence and to lead an active, purposeful, fulfilling life as active members of their local community.

Support focuses on the areas individuals most need help with and will vary from person to person. With well-trained colleagues experienced in positive behaviour support, autism, challenging behaviours, communication, and Prader-Willi Syndrome the support on offer can be wide ranging and is person centred.

This property, has undergone a complete refurbishment and features nine sturdy self-contained flats, communal living space, lift and stair access to all floors, and is complemented by a small garden/patio area that is a perfect space for social gatherings.

Each flat is bright, modern and spacious and features a bespoke kitchen with space for all mod cons, a large en-suite bathroom, living area and bedroom. It offers accommodation that is not reliant on the compatibility of tenants necessarily, as each benefits from their own private space. However with the addition of communal space we have provided opportunity for people wishing to socialise to relax and come together whilst building skills in communication and socialising.

One flat has been specifically designed to support an individual with mobility support needs, however all flats can be adapted to meet the bespoke needs of incoming tenants. The people we support can decorate their flat to suit their own taste and style and are encouraged to bring their personal belongings.

St Stephen’s road is centrally located in Cheltenham and close to local amenities, there are excellent opportunities for individuals to develop an inclusive lifestyle within the community. With a bus stop right outside individuals can access Cheltenham’s many amenities with ease, whilst if a leisurely stroll is preferred it takes just 20-25 minutes to walk into the town centre.

There are plenty of places of interest and activities in and around Cheltenham, but of particular interest to individuals supported at St Stephen’s Road might be; The Phoenix Centre, a vibrant hub for those with learning disabilities and complex needs, The Butterfly Garden an educational, therapeutic and recreational scheme, Art Shape a charity that supports people to realise their creative and learning potential and Inclusion Gloucestershire a charity run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.

If you would like to learn more about St Stephen’s Road, please contact Belinda Robinson, Head of Development & Partnerships (South) at brobinson@consensussupport.com

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