Giving supported living residents a place of their own

We recently completed our £620k refurbishment of a supported living scheme in Baker Street, Potters Bar. Once a residential care home with shared facilities for six people, the scheme now boasts four self-contained one-bedroomed flats with the added bonus of a heated garden room.

Our Director of Independent Living & Better Lives, Debbie Stuart, said: “Baker Street is the second of four schemes that has been refurbished. The old building, whilst meeting regulatory standards, did not offer residents the privacy of a home with their own front door.

“We are delighted that, through working in partnership with Walsingham Support and Herts County Council, we have been able to deliver accommodation that meets the needs of current and future customers.

“We have worked closely with existing customers, their carers, families and advocates and professionals to ensure we have captured everyone’s needs. Our customers have been involved in choosing their own colour schemes, kitchens, and furniture.”

Jane Devine, Operations & Development Manager from Walsingham Support, added: “For the people we support who have moved back into Baker Street, this is a new chapter in their lives for them to live independently in their own home, and make connections with the wider community.”

Helena is pleased to have moved back into Baker Street. Her friend Eva 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.”