Giving supported living residents a home of their own

News – 25 February 2021

We’re pleased to have completed the refurbishment of our Beacon Way supported living scheme in Rickmansworth. Formerly a residential care home with shared facilities, the scheme now boasts four one-bedroomed flats for adults with learning difficulties who now have privacy and a front door of their own.

For many customers who may have been used to long stay hospitals or residential care, this is life changing. It is their first opportunity to have a home they can call their own and to develop skills to help them live more independently.

Working with Herts County Council and Walsingham Support, a specialist care provider, we’re proud to have delivered accommodation that meets the needs of current and future residents.

Beacon Way is the fourth supported living scheme that Grand Union has refurbished in Hertfordshire: High Oaks in St Albans was completed in August 2018, Baker Street in Potters Bar in December 2019 and Upper Lattimore Road in St Albans in December 2020.

A friend of one of the residents who moved back to one of the refurbished schemes said: “This has been a change in people’s lives, a learning curve on processes that promotes independence with the support of staff and family; it is a lifetime achievement. We are so happy for our friend since moving and are very proud of what she has achieved and how she is taking responsibility for her flat.”

You can read more about the first of the refurbishments at High Oaks in St Albans here.

High Oaks, St Albans – before and after

Baker Street, Potters Bar – before and after

Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans – before and after

Beacon Way, Rickmansworth – before and after