Social care provider Eden Futures has revealed its developments plans for next year, after opened three additional supported living services in 2020. 

Eden Futues has supported adults with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour, enduring mental ill health and autism across northern England and the Midlands for the past 25 years. The company stated that the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed its project development, but the next 12 months will build and open nearly 70 apartments and specialist bungalows.

David Whittock, director of service development at Eden Futures said: “As with other organisations, we’re having to adapt to the pandemic accepting that it is here to stay for some time. Despite this challenging national situation, there remains a need for more specialist supported living services to be built in communities.

“To date we’ve helped some 652 people across 171 sites to live in their own home in the community, working alongside them and their relatives in collaboration with developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals.

“We currently have six schemes under construction in Hull, Derby, Chesterfield, Newark and are discussing new sites in Leeds with local authorities and housing providers. Across these seven locations we’ll be creating more than 200 full time jobs.”

Eden Futures’ two Hull developments, which are due for completion towards the end of January, includes 13 apartments and eight specialist bungalows. In Chesterfield six apartments and six specialist bungalows are being constructed, while in Newark, 12 apartments and four specialist bungalows are being built, for people who require physical adaptions with built-in assistive technology with a due date of autumn next year.

Whittock added: “Our ongoing investment is important so that people with learning disabilities, mental ill health and autism can live in appropriate settings and receive the care and support they need. We continue to work closely with the NHS, developers, and registered housing providers to achieve this, to meet growing demand and reduce the number of people detained in unsuitable accommodation.”

Pictured: Artist’s impression of new Newark service.

Date published: November 23, 2020

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