Doors open on new £1.3m transition service

24/08/2020

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 Haringey Council
The new service was created in partnership with Haringey Council

The service in Tottenham has been developed in partnership with Haringey Council, and was previously an eight-bedded residential home. The redevelopment has been tailored specifically to the needs of people previously identified by the government’s Transforming Care programme, which sought to reduce the number of people with autism detained in secure hospitals.

Assistant Service Manager Mikila Lake said: “She’s really enjoying life; in her own flat with all her new found independence as she’s just turned 18, combined with the fact she has support constantly available. It’s great that it’s so close to her family home and she loves the fact that she’s familiar with the local area and can take some control on days out.”

The £1.3m development created four self-contained, fully-adapted Supported Living flats and was part funded by NHS England. Avenues was awarded the support contract through the Haringey PBS Framework.

Set in landscaped gardens and designed to cater for the needs of individuals, each apartment boasts a spacious living area that comprises a separate bedroom and living room, fully adapted kitchen and ensuite bathroom.

Chief Executive of Avenues Group, Jo Land said:  “Avenues is delighted to be working alongside another London borough which shares our commitment to improving the lives of people with autism and complex needs, helping them move out of secure hospitals back into the community where they belong. It’s great to hear that the first resident is settling in so well.

“Haringey has provided an exceptional environment for these people to move into. Our local support teams, Positive Behaviour Support specialists and the wider organisation will now be focused on providing each one of them with the exceptional support they deserve.”

Councillor Sarah James, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health added: “The development is a great addition to our community and is a prime example of what can be delivered through innovative partnerships that put service users at the heart of everything we do. Our key focus will be on delivering personalised outcomes, preventing hospital admissions and providing appropriate levels of support to individuals in a safe and secure environment within the community.”

The garden

Living space

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