Supported living company Eden Futures has opened its first service in Stoke, welcoming its first resident. 

David Whittock, director of service development, said the company is returning to an expansion strategy notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whittock said: “As we return to more normal working patterns in the knowledge that coronavirus is here to stay for some time, there remains a need for more specialist supported living services to be built in communities. We’ve helped many people to live in their own home in the community, currently some 650 people across 167 sites, by working alongside them and their relatives with the cooperation of developers, commissioners, landlords and health professionals.

“Earlier in the year we opened a new service to complement our existing presence in Nottingham city. This was achieved by working in collaboration with Nottingham and Stoke City Council and Hilldale Housing Association.

“We also have four schemes under construction in Hull, Chesterfield, Nuneaton and Derby City and are discussing new sites in the West Midlands and Yorkshire with local authorities and housing providers. Across the four developments we’re creating 135 full time jobs.”

Eden Futures’ Hull development, which is due for completion towards the end of the year, includes 13 apartments and eight specialist bungalows. In Derby city, 12 apartments and three specialist bungalows are coming onstream, while in Chesterfield, six apartments and specialist bungalows are being built, with a due date of spring 2021.

Whittock added: “Despite this uncertain period, we do now have some certainty. This sustained 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.”

Date published: August 17, 2020

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