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Avenues supports Movember

Avenues supports Movember

Friday 15 Nov 2019

As an organisation where the male ratio of people we support is over 60%, Avenues has been showing it's support for Movember, the international men's health campaign which brings awareness to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men's mental health an...

A life beyond her label  - Christina’s story

A life beyond her label - Christina’s story

Friday 8 Nov 2019

People with autism typically need strong routine and order to feel comfortable, but without regulation this can consume and constrict their lives, narrowing their experiences and suffocating their wider personalities. Avenues support is about the s...

Statement on JCHR findings: Time for actions which end “horrific” practices

Statement on JCHR findings: Time for actions which end “horrific” practices

Friday 1 Nov 2019

While we welcome the findings of the Human Rights Committee and are thankful for the attention they have given this issue, unless real action is taken it is meaningless for the people who are being detained. Our real concern is that this is being pe...

New training package to support working with families

New training package to support working with families

Monday 7 Oct 2019

Our learning and approach us based on our experience of working closely with families like the Mullets Avenues has developed a new training package to support the wider adult social care sector to work more effectively with families. The organisati...

Keeping the brothers together

Keeping the brothers together

Thursday 3 Oct 2019

Three brothers with learning disabilities,who were struggling to find support, are now enjoying better lives together. Avenues was approached by the county council after the men’s previous service provider of 25 years closed down. “One of the brothe...

Teams respond to food bank shortage

Teams respond to food bank shortage

Monday 30 Sep 2019

Avenues staff dug deep after hearing their local food bank was running low on supplies. Employees donated more than 100 items which they then delivered to the Trinity Church centre in Bexleyheath, which is run by Trussell Trust. Foodbanks ...

Living a good life – Roger’s story

Living a good life – Roger’s story

Thursday 26 Sep 2019

Having the chance to contribute to the community plays an important role in people’s wellbeing, and it’s no different if you have a learning disability. Avenues has been supporting Roger to create the life he wants since 1995, when he left the Leyb...

New Podcast! Relationships, Sex and Disability

New Podcast! Relationships, Sex and Disability

Wednesday 18 Sep 2019

Avenues has a brand new podcast episode! This month in support of Sexual Health Week 2019 we look at relationships, sex and sexuality for those with learning disabilities.  Statistics reveal that only 3% of people with learning disabilities live a...

Recruitment open day

Recruitment open day

Thursday 12 Sep 2019

Have you ever considered supporting someone with a learning disability to enjoy life? One of our Avenues services in Kingston-Upon-Thames is holding an open day on Tuesday 24 September, so people can find out more about working supporting someone w...

Avenues full of surprises for student police recruit

Avenues full of surprises for student police recruit

Monday 19 Aug 2019

A number of Avenues Services have been playing host to Kent student police officers as they undertake community placements as part of their recruit training. The two day placements are part of the equality and diversity aspect of their training an...

Support worker uses poetry to get her message across

Support worker uses poetry to get her message across

Friday 26 Jul 2019

An Avenues support worker is using her poetry as a way of strengthening her team's connection with the people they support. Mikila Lake, who works at Oakwood Drive, wrote 'What If it Was Me?' using her own personal insight into the feelings of pe...

A sense of hope - Rachel's story

A sense of hope - Rachel's story

Friday 19 Jul 2019

While ‘life-limiting’ illness must be recognised  and planned for, this medical diagnosis can have a greater impact on day-to-day life than the condition itself. Staff at Hope House have wide experience of supporting people with health vulnerabilitie...

Award-winning Avenues project continues to inspire and motivate

Award-winning Avenues project continues to inspire and motivate

Tuesday 24 Apr 2018

‘Increased confidence’ and ‘being more connected in the community’ are just some of the participants comments reported in second year of the ‘It Takes 2’ (IT2) project. Findings from Lottery-funded IT2, which supports those with a learning disabil...

Gender Pay Gap Data 2017

Gender Pay Gap Data 2017

Thursday 22 Mar 2018

Avenues is a not-for profit organisation which works with people with autism, learning disability, and multiple or complex needs. Our mission is to reduce the disadvantage people face through their disability, illness or injury, and we are opposed t...

New funding for sight loss project

New funding for sight loss project

Thursday 8 Mar 2018

Avenues has been awarded new funding to continue its work to address sight loss among the people it supports. The grant from Health Education England follows the evaluation of a pilot project run with the Royal National Institute of Blind Pe...

Sight training making an impact

Sight training making an impact

Tuesday 13 Feb 2018

Avenues is working with The National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) to raise awareness and deliver 'Vision Champion' training, which is centred on how visual impairments link to behaviour that challenges and positive behaviour support (PBS). Avenu...

Richard's Story

Richard's Story

Friday 9 Feb 2018

When Richard first moved into Glebe House, our residential service for people with mental illness, he was suffering from severe depression and had as a result attempted suicide. Service Manager Abdul Mursal describes how, with understanding and consi...

Avenues training endorsed by Skills for Care

Avenues training endorsed by Skills for Care

Thursday 7 Dec 2017

Skills for Care has confirmed that Avenues is now one of its Endorsed Training Providers, after a rigorous evaluation of the charity’s training and processes. The endorsement framework embeds the Common Inspection Framework, National Occupational St...

Supporting Personal Relationships guide launched

Supporting Personal Relationships guide launched

Monday 4 Dec 2017

Avenues believes that supporting choice around personal relationships is essential for a fulfilling and meaningful life. Area Manager Malcolm Mitchell developed and leads the organisation’s training on relationships, sex and sexuality for people with...

More recognition for outstanding support services

More recognition for outstanding support services

Friday 24 Nov 2017

The Group’s outstanding outreach services in Surrey have won a prestigious Surrey Care Award. The recognition follows a CQQ inspection of the services delivered by the Welmede team earlier this year.  The watchdog carried out a wide ranging review ...

CQC praises staff for consistently outstanding work

CQC praises staff for consistently outstanding work

Thursday 23 Nov 2017

The outstanding supported living services provided by Avenues have once again led the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to award us its top rating. The South East team, which works across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex, was the first Supported Living ...

Jim's blog: It Takes 2 - ‘Every Contact Leaves a Trace’

Jim's blog: It Takes 2 - ‘Every Contact Leaves a Trace’

Friday 17 Nov 2017

I’m famous - I’ve had a book written about me! Well, I was mentioned in a book … once .. and not by name.  I guess I’m not really famous after all. A former colleague of mine from my policing days has recently written a book (Blue A Memoir by Joh...

Praise for development of complex service

Praise for development of complex service

Monday 6 Nov 2017

(Pictured: Avenues Director Jayne Kilgallen, Executive Assistant Beverley Laurance, Deputy Chief Executive Jo Land with Ralph Michel from NHS England) Our newly-developed property at Amis Avenue opened its doors to partners from Surrey County ...

Avenues well installed in Africa

Avenues well installed in Africa

Monday 30 Oct 2017

We have invested in an AquAid Water Cooler for our staff to help keep them hydrated throughout the day.   We chose AquAid, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to the Africa Trust. These funds are used to build ‘Elephant P...

Rob's Blog: My trip to see Man U

Rob's Blog: My trip to see Man U

Tuesday 15 Aug 2017

Rob, who is supported by Avenues, talks about his recent trip to Manchester, and how it gave him the chance to do something he had always wanted to. ‘In April I went to Manchester with my Keyworker from Avenues, Jakki. The plan all started when me...

Evaluation of equality and diversity training demonstrates value at Avenues

Evaluation of equality and diversity training demonstrates value at Avenues

Wednesday 2 Aug 2017

New data, taken from managers’ feedback on our equality and diversity training demonstrates the value and positive impact it has had across the organisation. Our equality and diversity training launched in 2015, and in 2016 a more advanced course wa...

Jim's blog: It Takes 2 - ‘All That Jazz’

Jim's blog: It Takes 2 - ‘All That Jazz’

Tuesday 1 Aug 2017

As part of my list of ‘things to do’ in 2017 I rashly decided to sign up for a weekly Jazz School at Bromley Youth Music Trust. I filled in the application form, wrote out a cheque (old fashioned I know) and sent it off. Soon I got an email welcoming...

IiP recognises Avenues as great employer

IiP recognises Avenues as great employer

Wednesday 26 Jul 2017

Avenues has been awarded a silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard demonstrating our commitment to high performance through good people management. Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: "We'd like to congratulate Avenu...

John Taylor, Avenues Trustee, commended for work in the community

John Taylor, Avenues Trustee, commended for work in the community

Tuesday 25 Jul 2017

John Taylor, Avenues Trustee received a commendation at Sevenoaks District Council’s Making it Happen Awards. Martin Chittell, Practice Development Lead for community at Avenues, nominated John for the Individual Community Champion award, which was p...

Luke's Story

Luke's Story

Thursday 13 Jul 2017

When Luke* first came to Avenues East he was suffering from depression and did not want to leave the security of his bedroom. He now has a full-time job, and the end goal of working for B.T. In January 2016 Luke was signposted to Avenues East with ...

A positive behaviour support approach to vision

A positive behaviour support approach to vision

Thursday 25 May 2017

Avenues Practice Development team are working in collaboration with The National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to raise awareness and deliver 'Vision Champion' training at Avenues around how visual impairments may link to behaviour that challenges...

Sophie's blog: It Takes 2

Sophie's blog: It Takes 2

Thursday 11 May 2017

Sophie, ambassador for Avenues project It Takes 2, blogs about her experience of the project and what she enjoys about being a part of the steering group.  I met Carly last year. We met in the Tasty Café in Eltham. We got to know each other very wel...

How we support people moving out of long-stay hospitals

How we support people moving out of long-stay hospitals

Wednesday 22 Mar 2017

Andrea Wiggins, New Project Director at Avenues talks about how we work with people moving out of long-stay hospitals, and support them in the community. Avenues started in 1993 supporting people moving out of long stay hospitals in Kent who had of...

Using systematic desensitisation with people we support

Using systematic desensitisation with people we support

Thursday 9 Mar 2017

Sarah Kean, Practice Development Lead at Avenues talks about systematic desensitisation and its value when working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism. So what is systematic desensitisation? It’s a type of behavioural therapy. It w...

My placement at Avenues

My placement at Avenues

Thursday 26 Jan 2017

Jazzmin Robinson, trainee police officer, blogs about her placement at one of our residential services in Kent. As part of my police officer training, I was given a placement at Avenues. I didn’t know what to expect as I hadn’t had experience in an...

Settling into our new service in Seaford

Settling into our new service in Seaford

Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

Earlier this year Avenues opened two new supported living services in Seaford for people with learning disabilities. We caught up with the people we support there to find out how they are settling in, how their lives have changed and what their plans...

‘It takes 2’ wins Community Cohesion Award in Greenwich

‘It takes 2’ wins Community Cohesion Award in Greenwich

Monday 19 Dec 2016

In October, Avenues project, ‘It takes 2’, won the Greenwich Action for Voluntary Service (GAVS) Community Cohesion Award in recognition of their work in the area. ‘It takes 2’ in Greenwich aims to connect 50 people with learning disabilities with ...

Jim's blog: It Takes 2

Jim's blog: It Takes 2

Monday 12 Dec 2016

Jim Lord, Community Development Worker, updates us on It Takes 2, a project that is building community connections. As we move slightly further down the road on our journey with ‘It Takes 2’ I am starting to experience some of the emotions of being ...

Aisha's blog: getting to know people we support at a new service

Aisha's blog: getting to know people we support at a new service

Friday 25 Nov 2016

Aisha Byamugisha, Service Manager at Amplio House talks about getting to know the tenants at her new service and why she thinks it’s an important part of being a manager. Avenues support five people at Amplio House, a supported living service in Be...

James's blog: 'To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow'

James's blog: 'To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow'

Monday 14 Nov 2016

James*, who lives at Evelyn Fison Mews, talks about planting a garden in his new home and how it gives him hope for the future. Avenues support nine people at Evelyn Fison Mews, a supported living service for people with acquired brain injury in St...

Welmede and Avenues have merged

Welmede and Avenues have merged

Tuesday 8 Nov 2016

Avenues Group and Welmede announce today that they have merged. Welmede has become an operating subsidiary of Avenues Group. Our organisations share similar visions and values, making them an excellent fit.  By combining our resources and expertise,...

Thomas Road holds Macmillan Coffee morning with Great British Bake Off finalist

Thomas Road holds Macmillan Coffee morning with Great British Bake Off finalist

Thursday 3 Nov 2016

After fundraising by completing the ‘Bridge the Gap’ walk in Cambridge, Laura*, one of the people we support at Thomas Road, decided she wanted to hold a Macmillan coffee morning. Avenues supports three people at Thomas Road, a residential service n...

Running the London Marathon for Avenues

Running the London Marathon for Avenues

Thursday 27 Oct 2016

Katrina Copping, talks about why she’s running the London Marathon next April for Avenues and how she plans to reach her £1000 target.   I previously worked at Avenues as a fundraiser and I still help out from time to time. I’ve seen loads of people...

Transforming Care for Children and Young People: Mindfulness, Positive Behaviour Support and Active Support training for parents.

Transforming Care for Children and Young People: Mindfulness, Positive Behaviour Support and Active Support training for parents.

Thursday 6 Oct 2016

Earlier this year, Avenues was awarded a Transforming Care grant by NHS England. The grant funded project in Greenwich worked with parents/carers who have children or young people with learning disabilities and/or autism and significant behaviour tha...

Carly's blog - It Takes Two

Carly's blog - It Takes Two

Tuesday 20 Sep 2016

Carly Halpin, Community Development Worker, updates us on It Takes Two, a project that is building community connections.   Hello from the diverse London borough of Greenwich; a suburb that feels distinctly progressive while being steeped in antiqu...

Squirrel Lodge team praised for outstanding support

Squirrel Lodge team praised for outstanding support

Monday 26 Sep 2016

Squirrel Lodge is a supported living service where we support six adults aged 18-30 with learning disabilities and/or autism and behaviour that challenges. Over the past eight months the team there have been working with a young man, Ben* to increase...

Avenues’ new supported living service in East Sussex

Avenues’ new supported living service in East Sussex

Monday 12 Sep 2016

Earlier this year Avenues was awarded a contract with East Sussex County Council to manage and provide support at two new supported living properties in Seaford for people with learning disabilities. The two services, opening this month, are part of...

National Citizen Service (NCS) programme comes to Avenues in Sutton

National Citizen Service (NCS) programme comes to Avenues in Sutton

Friday 9 Sep 2016

As part of the NCS social action scheme 13 young people came to Avenues in Sutton to help renovate an allotment for the people we support.   The NCS scheme aims to bring together young people aged 15-17, from a wide range of backgrounds to build ...

Avenues new supported living service in Tunbridge Wells

Avenues new supported living service in Tunbridge Wells

Friday 12 Aug 2016

Over the past two and a half years Chris Crees, Service Manager at one of our supported living services for people with learning disabilities, The Pines, has been working to redevelop the site and get everyone moved in to the new building.   Kent...

New chair appointed

New chair appointed

Tuesday 9 Aug 2016

Terry Rich has been appointed Group Board Chair of Avenues Group. As chair, he will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the group. Terry has unrivaled experience for the position having spent a long and successful career in the h...

'It takes 2' update: July

'It takes 2' update: July

Friday 22 Jul 2016

Jim Lord, Community Development Worker, gives us an update on Avenues project 'It takes 2' and how it's going in Bromley so far. As this is my first blog … ever! I thought I would say a little bit about myself. I live in Bromley. I am married and h...

Avenues project 'It takes 2' is connecting people based on shared interests

Avenues project 'It takes 2' is connecting people based on shared interests

Wednesday 22 Jun 2016

It’s Learning Disability Week and this year’s theme is friendship and relationships. We caught up with Carly Halpin and Jim Lord, Project Workers on our new project ‘It takes 2’ which aims to connect people based on shared interests. It takes 2 is a...

Team from Avenues completes London to Brighton 100km challenge

Team from Avenues completes London to Brighton 100km challenge

Wednesday 8 Jun 2016

Over the May bank holiday weekend a group of Avenues employees, some people we support, plus friends and family members attempted the London to Brighton 100km challenge. The aim was to raise money for our Active Communities Fund. The fund provides...

6 quick ways to practice mindfulness during your day

6 quick ways to practice mindfulness during your day

Monday 16 May 2016

Mindfulness is an approach that helps people to manage their thoughts and feelings. Chris Gregory, Learning and Development Manager at Avenues has been delivering a mindfulness programme to staff across the organisation for the last 2 years. To mark ...

Avenues achieves HSCIC compliance

Avenues achieves HSCIC compliance

Monday 18 Apr 2016

Avenues has recently achieved compliance with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) Information Governance toolkit (level two). Protecting people’s information is important especially when working with people who may be vulnerable. A...

Common misconceptions about autism

Common misconceptions about autism

Wednesday 23 Mar 2016

  To mark World Autism Awareness Day, Regional Director Mickey Gray dispels five false ideas about the condition ... The rainbow-colored infinity symbol represents the diversity of the autism spectrum as well as the greater neurodiversity movemen...

Optua UK name changes to Avenues

Optua UK name changes to Avenues

Monday 1 Feb 2016

Optua UK, the specialist provider of case management and support for people with an acquired brain injury, will now be known as Avenues. Optua UK, which became part of the Avenues group in 2011, has a fantastic track record going back over 20 years...

Avenues secures Big Lottery grant to launch new project ‘It Takes 2’

Avenues secures Big Lottery grant to launch new project ‘It Takes 2’

Friday 13 Nov 2015

Avenues has been granted £300,000 by the Big Lottery to launch our new project, It Takes 2, which aims to match 100 people with learning disabilities with 100 people from the mainstream community who live locally and share an interest or passion. It...

Avenues exhibits at Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group Meeting

Avenues exhibits at Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group Meeting

Thursday 22 Oct 2015

Avenues is sharing its experience and learning in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) at a national event on Thursday 22nd October 2015.  The event is organised by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation’s National Strategy Group, which works to raise awa...

CQC rates Avenues supported living service outstanding in all areas – a first in England

CQC rates Avenues supported living service outstanding in all areas – a first in England

Monday 7 Sep 2015

An Avenues supported living service is the first of its kind to be rated outstanding in all five areas inspected by the Care Quality Commission.  Avenues is also the first adult social care provider in the South East to achieve this distinction.  Av...

Avenues tender success in borough of Bexley

Avenues tender success in borough of Bexley

Thursday 21 May 2015

Avenues London has been successful in securing a contract to manage two Learning Disability support services in the London Borough of Bexley, where our headquarters are based. The two services, Fen Grove and Emerton Close, will be transferring to Ave...

Avenues East service wins award for outstanding end of life care

Avenues East service wins award for outstanding end of life care

Thursday 5 Feb 2015

Avenues is proud to announce that Hope House, a supported living service in Suffolk, has been commended for outstanding support at this year’s Suffolk GEM Awards. The GEM Awards are aimed at support workers or services that go that extra mile and ar...

Avenues chosen to run Bromley support services

Avenues chosen to run Bromley support services

Thursday 26 Nov 2015

Avenues London has been successful in securing a contract to manage five support services in the south east London borough of Bromley. The contract consists of three existing Avenues’ services and two services currently managed by another provider. B...

Video: Supporting Lynda

Video: Supporting Lynda

Tuesday 29 May 2018

At Avenues, sometimes because of the complex nature of what we do, we often hear the phrase ‘small steps are giant leaps’. In this short film Avenues staff Judy Kimani and Adenike Okoya reveal how, through a person-centred approach and with consist...

Supporting Charley – a Transforming Care case study

Supporting Charley – a Transforming Care case study

Friday 1 Jun 2018

Charley (left) loves cooking for people.  Avenues has supported a young woman with autism to end nine years of medication and depression in a psychiatric hospital and begin a new life in her own home, rediscovering what makes her smile … Charley wa...

Praise for ‘wonderful’ new transition service.

Praise for ‘wonderful’ new transition service.

Monday 6 Aug 2018

   Left: The property in Bexleyheath will offer transition services under the Transforming Care programme.  Right: Area Manager Sarah Harvey with Regional Director Mickey Gray and Oakwood Drive Service Manager Anita Lawrance Commissioners an...

Young people understand learning disability through school games partnership

Young people understand learning disability through school games partnership

Tuesday 21 Aug 2018

  The annual Royal Hospital School (RHS) and Avenues Games in Ipswich, is a chance for those supported by Avenues in the East of England to mix with their local community through adapted sports and activities. It also provides an opportunity for y...

The effect of respect in support work

The effect of respect in support work

Thursday 23 Aug 2018

The impact good support has on people’s lives can be extraordinary, and produce results that were never thought possible. The detail of what that really looks like will vary depending on the person, but according to Stephen Hignett, respect is alwa...

Kindness and understanding count

Kindness and understanding count

Friday 7 Sep 2018

              Nigel and Mandy Mullett’s daughters, Tori and Emily, have been supported by Avenues for ten years. Nigel shared their insights into the components of great support, and the positive impact it has on their daughters’ lives …  “It’s imp...

'It Takes 2' project's tropical party brings ages, cultures and abilities together

'It Takes 2' project's tropical party brings ages, cultures and abilities together

Monday 10 Sep 2018

It was another successful event for the Avenues' Lottery-funded 'It Takes 2' (IT2) project recently as they teamed up with Community Centre and Reach Out organisation Mycenae House to host 'Tropic Like It's Hot', their very own carnival party. The ...

Support teams as extended family

Support teams as extended family

Tuesday 11 Sep 2018

Giving someone quality support depends on understanding them as an individual – their specific needs, what they like, what they don’t like, their background and simply how they’re feeling today. Connecting with people’s families is central to this un...

The use of restraint on people with learning disability - Avenues response

The use of restraint on people with learning disability - Avenues response

Tuesday 2 Oct 2018

This statement is our response to the news that the use of restraint on adults with learning disabilities in hospital units in England rose by 50% between 2016 and 2017*.  "The real issue here is that mental health units are wholly inappropriate env...

Society gets a skewed view of social care - Steve James

Society gets a skewed view of social care - Steve James

Thursday 4 Oct 2018

It’s widely understood that our social care system is in ‘crisis’, particularly in terms of its workforce. But many people don’t really know what social care is or, more accurately, they just think it’s about helping older people.  Important though ...

Founding CEO to retire in 2019

Founding CEO to retire in 2019

Monday 17 Dec 2018

Steve James has announced he will retire as Chief Executive of Avenues Group on 31 March 2019.  He said: “Having led the charity since it started 25 years ago as Kelsey Care, I feel it’s time for a change, both for me personally and the orga...

Avenues launches Podcast

Avenues launches Podcast

Tuesday 18 Dec 2018

Avenues recently debuted its first Podcast. The podcast, available though Soundcloud, will be an audio downloadable platform to discuss topical stories and developments around learning disabilities, autism and social care.  The debut Podcast is a re...

NHS Long Term Plan - "an integrated strategic response involving health and social care is required", Avenues responds.

NHS Long Term Plan - "an integrated strategic response involving health and social care is required", Avenues responds.

Tuesday 8 Jan 2019

This statement is a response to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and in particular the plans for people with learning disabilities and autism.  “The NHS long term plan contains some welcome commitments, the expansion of STOMP an exte...

Robert's story: Life without restraint

Robert's story: Life without restraint

Friday 15 Feb 2019

“We all enjoy Robert’s visits– when we see the car pull up it makes us smile and we know to get his coffee going.  It’s then usually a choice between a Viennese Finger or a sausage roll for Robert – they seem to be his favourites. Although he doesn’t...

It Takes 2 project reveals successes and limitations

It Takes 2 project reveals successes and limitations

Friday 22 Feb 2019

The need for sustainable community engagement has been highlighted in the third discussion paper from the Avenues Big Lottery funded It Takes 2 (IT2) project. The most recent study reveals the successes and limitations of the project through findin...

Gender Pay Gap Data  2018

Gender Pay Gap Data 2018

Wednesday 20 Mar 2019

Avenues is a not-for profit organisation which works with people with autism, learning disability, and multiple or complex needs. Our mission is to reduce the disadvantage people face through their disability, illness or injury, and we are opposed t...

Tori and Emily; listening to Mum and Dad.

Tori and Emily; listening to Mum and Dad.

Thursday 18 Apr 2019

Working with people's families helps us understand what matters to them, and the way they want to live their life. Nigel and Mandy Mullett are parents to Tori and Emily who are both supported by Avenues. When building a relationship with the famil...

Jo Land appointed as interim CEO

Jo Land appointed as interim CEO

Friday 3 May 2019

  Jo Land has been appointed as Interim Group Chief Executive at Avenues, following the retirement of Steve James after 25 years. Jo has worked for Avenues since October 2000, and was previously Group Deputy Chief Executive, in addition to ...

CQC report on the use of ATUs - Avenues response

CQC report on the use of ATUs - Avenues response

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Commenting on this morning’s release of the CQC's interim report on the segregation of people with learning disability or autism in hospital, Avenues Interim Chief Executive Jo Land said:  “The suggestion that further review and assessment o...

Panorama 'Hospital Abuse Scandal' - Avenues response.

Panorama 'Hospital Abuse Scandal' - Avenues response.

Wednesday 22 May 2019

This statement relates to the findings of a BBC undercover investigation, broadcast on 22 May 2019. Avenues Interim Chief Executive Jo Land said: Tonight’s Panorama was heart-breaking, but came as no surprise to anyone working in social care. Every...

Panorama 'Crisis in Care - Part 1' - Avenues response.

Panorama 'Crisis in Care - Part 1' - Avenues response.

Thursday 30 May 2019

This statement relates to the findings of a BBC investigation, broadcast on 29 May 2019. Avenues Interim Chief Executive Jo Land said: Last night’s programme shone more light on the systemic flaws of our social care system that providers are all to...

It Takes 2 - final report published

It Takes 2 - final report published

Friday 14 Jun 2019

Our lottery-funded project to support people with learning disability to build meaningful social connections has been completed.  Between 2016 and 2019 two Community Workers supported eighty six people who had a learning disability to crea...

A job for the boys   

A job for the boys  

Thursday 13 Jun 2019

(l/r) Ethan with fellow support worker Oliver and Kai Effective support services have to be built around the needs of the person, so having the right staff is essential, and this can sometimes require specific gender balance. Skills for Care figure...

Sophie hits the water

Sophie hits the water

Thursday 18 Jul 2019

It’s been all about feeling the wind in her hair as Sophie, who is supported by Avenues in Kent, has recently been taking sailing lessons as part of Wealden Sailability club, an initiative run by the Royal Yachting Association. Sophie surprised memb...

All Avenues support 'Good' or 'Outstanding', says CQC

All Avenues support 'Good' or 'Outstanding', says CQC

Thursday 8 Aug 2019

All Avenues support services are now rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ overall, according to social care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).    CQC inspections are comprehensive, and involve everyone connected to the support provided, from t...