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Perseverance pays off for Claude's happiness

Perseverance pays off for Claude's happiness

Friday 20 Nov 2020

When the Mayor of Bromley visited Avenues service Amplio House recently, one man made a big impact on her companion, Counsellor Colin Hitchins. He had met resident Claude many years previously, and wa...

Housing complaints process review

Housing complaints process review

Monday 16 Nov 2020

As part of our commitment to customer services we have reviewed our complaints process against the Housing Ombudsman’s complaints code. Read document This work will inform our new procedure for maki...

PHE report on Covid-19 learning disability death rate - Avenues response

PHE report on Covid-19 learning disability death rate - Avenues response

Friday 13 Nov 2020

It is no surprise that people with learning disabilities had a higher mortality rate during the first wave of the pandemic; they are commonly faced with complex health conditions that make them more v...

Global recognition for Avenues governance

Global recognition for Avenues governance

Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

We’re delighted that one of our amazing staff has been recognised with an international award for her work in making the charity stronger, and more able to deliver its vision for people. Lauren Osman...

Gender Pay Gap Data 2019

Gender Pay Gap Data 2019

Friday 30 Oct 2020

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 d...

New group director appointed

New group director appointed

Thursday 15 Oct 2020

Avenues has confirmed Caroline Neal as its new Group Director of People. The new post will develop and lead the strategy to ensure the organisation continues to offer sector- leading careers. Caroli...

Avenues trustees commit to Charity Governance Code

Avenues trustees commit to Charity Governance Code

Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

The Avenues Group Boards have signed up to the Charity Governance Code as part of our commitment to further strengthening all parts of the organisation – including the skills of our trustees. The cod...

New director will drive growth of Avenues Group

New director will drive growth of Avenues Group

Friday 25 Sep 2020

Avenues has appointed a new director of business development to support its commitment to expand into new regions, and support more people to enjoy better lives. Karina Hourd will take up her new pos...

Doors open on new £1.3m transition service

Doors open on new £1.3m transition service

Monday 24 Aug 2020

The first young person to move into our new specialist service is settling in well, enjoying the freedom and independence of community-based life.   The new service was created in partnership with Ha...

Mayor ‘inspired and uplifted’ by Avenues service

Mayor ‘inspired and uplifted’ by Avenues service

Saturday 8 Aug 2020

Avenues' Amplio House service in Bromley, London, recently received a visit from the borough’s Mayor who attended a fundraising barbecue. The Mayor chose the service for her first post-lockdown offici...

The calming effect of a swing

The calming effect of a swing

Thursday 6 Aug 2020

After a two year quest one of Avenues London services has finally been able to have an adapted garden swing fitted for one of the people they support and it was well worth the wait. The whole family ...

Avenues East hits a high note

Avenues East hits a high note

Wednesday 29 Jul 2020

We know how important music is to many of the people we support at Avenues and musicians are frequent visitors to our services. Our Community Support Service in Avenues East regularly works with the m...

COVID-19 office risk assessment

COVID-19 office risk assessment

Tuesday 30 Jun 2020

In line with best practice and Government advice, we have published our risk assessment for people using the the group's offices. The risk is the spread of Covid-19  and would affect all staff, visit...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Friday 19 Jun 2020

The tragedy and distress that we have witnessed in communities within US, UK and across the world over recent weeks has been appalling, and we at Avenues fully support the call for the urgent and syst...

Guidance for visiting people at our services

Guidance for visiting people at our services

Tuesday 11 Aug 2020

Coronavirus restrictions and visiting  Updated 06.11.2020 Statement from Dan Gower-Smith, Director of Operations I want to start this update by saying a huge thank you to everyone involved in del...

CQC report on COVID-19 deaths - Avenues response

CQC report on COVID-19 deaths - Avenues response

Tuesday 2 Jun 2020

The CQC’s findings are a tragic demonstration of the consequences of the current COVID testing arrangements for people with learning disability and autism. The current prioritisation of elderly peopl...

New Covid-19 testing plan urgently needed

New Covid-19 testing plan urgently needed

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Avenues is concerned that the lives of the people the organisation supports are being put at risk through their omission from the Government’s current Covid-19 testing programme. The majority of our...

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

Friday 22 May 2020

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on kindness, which is fundamental to how we do things at Avenues. For one employee what began as a kind gesture towards a family member has snowballed ...

Matthew’s creativity helps him understand life under Covid lockdown

Matthew’s creativity helps him understand life under Covid lockdown

Thursday 7 May 2020

Life under lockdown and the impact of COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone but for people with a learning disability and those that support them there can be an added level of challenge. For many ...

Government release COVID-19 'action plan for adult social care', Jo Land comments

Government release COVID-19 'action plan for adult social care', Jo Land comments

Thursday 16 Apr 2020

Avenues Chief Executive Jo Land comments on the government's COVID-19 'Action plan for adult social care' "This action plan could not have come soon enough; alongside NHS colleagues, Avenues staff an...

Egg hunts, tasty treats and a floral surprise: Easter at Avenues

Egg hunts, tasty treats and a floral surprise: Easter at Avenues

Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

Despite a UK-wide lock down people across Avenues services spent an active weekend celebrating Easter. Although a difficult time for many, having to be away from family and loved ones, staff rose to t...

Avenues' needs you! COVID-19 and Fast-Track recruitment

Avenues' needs you! COVID-19 and Fast-Track recruitment

Tuesday 7 Apr 2020

In these challenging times we need people who can rise to a challenge.  Have you ever thought of supporting someone with a learning disability? During the COVID-19 pandemic we are operating an Fast-T...

Steve James retires

Steve James retires

Friday 27 Mar 2020

Today we bid a fond farewell to our ex-Chief Executive Steve James who is officially leaving Avenues after over 25 years. Steve founded Avenues, which was previously Kelsey Care, in 1999 and proudl...

COVID-19: Coronavirus: Avenues response

COVID-19: Coronavirus: Avenues response

Friday 13 Mar 2020

Visit our page of support and resources for families of people we support Updated 17 March 2020 The Avenues Group is committed to taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID...

Michael's gardening experience - Part 2

Michael's gardening experience - Part 2

Wednesday 12 Feb 2020

As part of his Avenues support plan Michael works regularly in a horticulture project in Kent. In this film he shows us around the project, gives an insight into his work and tells us why the project ...

National Apprenticeship Week -  Brendan's story; from football to Avenues

National Apprenticeship Week - Brendan's story; from football to Avenues

Friday 7 Feb 2020

An apprenticeship helped Brendan Owusu-Ansah move from the football field to the Avenues office.  Between 2010 and 2016 Brendan Owusu-Ansah’s daily routine consisted of several hours of morning trai...

Michael's gardening experience bears fruit

Michael's gardening experience bears fruit

Wednesday 22 Jan 2020

Working on a gardening project has given Michael Mangan an extensive knowledge of plants and horticulture, and also helped him grow his social circle. “I like to get my hands dirty, the feeling of so...

New Group CEO for Avenues

New Group CEO for Avenues

Wednesday 15 Jan 2020

Jo Land has been appointed by trustees as the new Group Chief Executive of Avenues. Jo has worked for Avenues since October 2000, and was previously Group Deputy Chief Executive, in addition to her r...

Keeping the brothers together - video

Keeping the brothers together - video

Monday 30 Dec 2019

When three brothers were in danger of losing support the local council asked Avenues to help. Little by little the brothers are now settling into their new home, finding their independence and discove...

A Makaton Christmas Celebration

A Makaton Christmas Celebration

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Staff in one of Avenues' Kent services have been using their skills to create a Christmas Advent Calendar with a difference, a Makaton calendar, which can be used both with people supported at the ser...

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...

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 w...

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 de...

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 wo...

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 pr...

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 Bexley...

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 t...

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 o...

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 ca...

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 ...

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?' usin...

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 experi...

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...

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 d...

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...

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 chal...

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 ...

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 Com...

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 o...

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....

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,...

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...

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 Avenu...

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 Afric...

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...

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 launc...

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 kn...

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...

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 th...

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 Janu...

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...

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 ...

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 mo...

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 desensi...

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 kn...

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,...

‘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 ...

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 sta...

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...

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 s...

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 excelle...

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 th...

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 hel...

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 disabi...

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 di...

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 ha...

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. ...

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...

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...

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 ...

'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 ab...

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 ...

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...

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 acro...

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...

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 spec...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 i...

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 Gr...

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 ...

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...

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, ...

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...

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 Servic...

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...

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,...

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 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 L...

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. Conne...

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 tha...

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...

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...

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, a...

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 w...

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 – 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 succe...

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 d...

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 Av...

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 previo...

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:  “T...

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 n...

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 o...

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 eight...

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 requir...

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 ...

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 ...