Prospective residents of reach’s bespoke supported accommodation for 13 adults with learning disabilities, currently under development on Stow Hill, Newport are gearing up for their big move in April.
Sarah Evans, reach’s Tenant Engagement Officer has been working very closely with the new residents, to provide support and guidance throughout all aspects of their move.
“We first met the residents back in October, to get to know each other and explain how they would be fully involved from the outset; from selecting their own interiors to even interviewing and choosing the right staff.
It is important the residents feel engaged and involved and that we keep conversations flowing as this is a big step for many of them and is especially pleasing 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 and ask any questions they might have about their new homes and 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 all discovered is right on their door step!”
Ty Eirlys represents a significant re-modelling of supported accommodation for adults with learning disabilities and is a departure from the traditional provision of small group homes.
Funded by the Government’s Supported Housing Grant, and in partnership with Newport City Council, it is also an excellent example of co-ordinated and effective public service work.
The property is owned by Charter Housing and will be managed by reach.
Article added on: 1st February 2017