A young woman with mental health issues who has just moved into a new supported living service is so delighted with her home that she has written a poem about it.
Fairway, near Rochdale, is a much-needed new supported living service for women with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The six-bed newly-refurbished property caters for individuals from local authorities across Rochdale and Manchester.
Ceejae, 22, has written about how much she values the friendliness of the staff and her new house-mates, finishing her poem with “This place is a dream”. Her poem was also printed in the Regard newsletter.
Run by care provider the Regard Group, Fairway is home to six women who have transitioned from long-term hospital or residential care.
“There is an enormous need for this type of accommodation in the area,” said Regard locality manager, Simon Buxton. “We’re offering the chance for individuals to live independent lives while having access to the relevant level of support they need.
Supported living service allows women their independence
“The women are being supported proactively to develop personalised coping strategies. This not only develops their skills in the practical elements of daily living, such as budgeting, but also enables them to manage the emotional and psychological impact of community living – especially important due to the many years they have spent in long-stay hospitals or other institutions.
“Everyone is settling in brilliantly. We are beginning to see friendships forming and the women bonding as a group. They enjoy planning menus and sitting down together to watch TV. They go out shopping supported by a member of staff and buy what they need for their meals or things for their rooms. Recently they all came together to make some delicious millionaire’s shortbread.”
The team at Fairway provides person-centred support plans which include details of how to assist individuals to maintain their independence. The new service occupies a detached house with a large garden and includes a self-contained one-bedroom flat. It is the second new service for Regard in the Rochdale area, following on from Canal View which opened last spring and supports six adult males with learning difficulties, autism and/or mental health needs.
Regard provides supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury, caring for more than 1,300 people, with a dedicated staff of over 2,600 people working at 161 locations throughout the UK.