A new supported living service for people with learning disabilities, autism, acquired brain injury and mental health needs is to open in King’s Lynn with the creation of up to 10 jobs for the local community.
Bishop’s House is made up of six self-contained flats developed by award-winning care provider Regard. The organisation has been in consultation with local authorities including King’s Lynn & West Norfolk borough council, identifying the needs of people with care requirements in the area.
“There is a shortage of this kind of accommodation in the town where people with specific care needs are able to live as part of the community,” said Regard locality manager Sue Mace.
“We are dedicated to supporting people to live independently and to develop their daily living skills with the aim of helping them to become more confident and self-sufficient.
“The property is in the heart of the King’s Lynn amid the hustle and the bustle, so the people who live here will not feel isolated and can enjoy being part of everything the town has to offer.
“They will have access to further education, employment, social and recreational activities in the area; and being near to other Regard services means there is additional support if necessary.”
Two individuals who live in Regard’s nearby Mill House residential service are poised to move into the new service as the next stage to gaining true independence.
Bishop’s House is close to St James leisure centre where service users can be supported to use the facilities on offer including gyms, saunas and access to sports parks for more specific training.
The flats, which include ground floor options for people with mobility issues, each have their own bathroom, kitchen, lounge/diner and can be individually- tailored to meet specific needs.
Regard is recruiting up to 10 support workers to provide support to individuals within the Bishop’s House service and is looking for people who have NVQ 2 qualifications and above.
“We are looking for people who live in the area and who will offer a long-term commitment to the people they support,” added Sue.
Regard has plans to develop further services based in the area based on local need. It believes supported living is a key part in the pathway for people to be able to move on from residential care to true independence with a package of support tailored to them.
Regard is the UK’s fourth biggest care provider and was recently awarded the prestigious Gold Investors in People standard.