Enable’s New Supported Living Accommodation in Medway
Published: Wednesday 9th February 2022
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Agincare Enable, which provides support for people with complex needs, is expanding its supported living accommodation in Medway.
Byron Court, named after the Romantic poet, Lord Byron, has been developed in response to an identified need for more community based supported living services in the area.
The spacious, two-story house will be converted into a bespoke living environment tailored to the specific needs of five people with learning disabilities and autism. Each person will have an individual support package which may include 24-hour support.
The new service follows a well-established model already in place at the other supported living services in the locality, where there is a separation between the accommodation and the support. This is designed to support individuals by providing a capable environment which facilitates and enables greater independence.
Mark Bethell, Operations Director for Agincare Enable, said,
Byron Court is the latest step in our commitment to providing capable supported living environments designed to be adaptive to individual requirements. It reflects how Enable is further developing itself as a provider of high-quality, specialist supported living services in areas of need.
Byron Court comes as a response to an identified need for more supported living accommodation within Medway and nationally.
Recent trends have already revealed an increased number of working-age adults requesting support from their local authority. Between 2015/16 and 2018/19, the number rose by 10% from 500,655 to 550,435.
Bespoke supported living accommodation
Our commitment to supporting people within their local community underpins the development of Byron Court.
Situated within Medway, the supported living service is very close to local amenities including shops, a dentists and a doctors. It is also well served by good public transport links.
Leanne Stockwell, Locality Manager, stressed the importance of providing community-based support.
It is important that we develop services which offer support to those with learning disabilities and autism within their community. It is about supporting people to be close to those that are important to them.
Byron Court has already created a great deal of interest and Agincare Enable is currently accepting referrals, with people expected to move in towards the middle of March.
Developing new partnerships
For the development of Byron Court, Agincare Enable is working in partnership with housing provider EHSL Supported Housing; a national non-profit provider of supported housing for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, autism and other health and social care related needs.
Mark Bethell said:
We are excited to be working with EHSL to deliver further, demand-led, supported living services. This is a new partnership for us and is part of our ongoing development of services in the area.
By establishing new partnerships, Agincare Enable is opening up opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism to choose how and where they live. It is enabling them to live in their own home, in their own community.
Work with us
In addition to supported living services, Agincare Enable provides respite, day support and community outreach to people who may have a learning disability, autistic spectrum condition, or physical disability; particularly where this presents in a complex way.
Whether you would like to be part of a new journey at Byron Court, or join one of Enable’s other services, you can discover a career today with Agincare Enable Careers.