“Ty Eirlys” is our bespoke independent living accommodation for 13 adults with learning disabilities, currently under development on Stow Hill, Newport. Funded by the Welsh Government’s Supported Housing Grant, and in partnership with Newport City Council, Ty Eirlys represents a significant re-modelling of the traditional style of supported accommodation usually associated with this client group.
Sarah Evans, reach tenant participation manager has been working closely with the residents “It is important the residents feel engaged and involved throughout the planning and move-in process and that we keep conversations flowing as this is a huge step for many of them”.
“We first met everyone back in October 2016, and it was an opportunity to get to know each other and to talk about how they would be fully involved from the outset, making choices and influencing all areas relating to their new home”.
Since then a group meeting has been held with residents to choose their interiors, including kitchens, flooring and tiles, and what great taste they have!
The interviewing process for staff started early 2017, and to ensure we have the right staff for the right roles, the residents have had a big part to play in staff selection. The interviews were carried out in a speed dating style to make it fun and relaxed for both residents and the candidates.
Sarah added: “It’s fantastic to see friendships starting to form and the group already swapping phone numbers and arranging social events. We will continue to help foster this, and create ample opportunities for residents to meet staff to talk about all aspects of their impending move”.
“There is a tangible feeling amongst the residents of sheer excitement, mixed with a few nerves for some. Conversations focus on plans for their new home, welcoming their family and friends, ideas for future social events and trips to their new local pub which they have discovered is right on their door step!”
Next on the busy agenda of the excited new residents is travel training, to help equip them with the necessary practical skills and knowledge to enable them to travel independently.
The residents will be moving into their new homes at the end of April.
Article added: 15th February 2017