A new service has been launched in Northampton for men who have been diagnosed with an acquired brain injury but more specifically, who also suffer with or have suffered with substance misuse.
Wycliffe House is run by the award-winning Christchurch Group, a neurological rehabilitation specialist and the service will focus on people who find it hard to engage with more traditional services.
The five-bed house will offer regular community meetings to review progress, to challenge behaviours and to work out solutions. There will be three staff on duty at any one time over a 24-hour period and they are trained in neuro-rehabilitation and positive behaviour support, reducing restrictive practice and substance misuse.
Richard McKenzie, Christchurch Group’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “The purpose of our new facility is to keep people safe and healthy but more than that, we’re helping people to look to the future through enabling change and unlocking their potential. Our non-judgmental approach allows service users to be less reliant on alcohol or other substances which in turn helps them to make better decisions about their lives.”
Wycliffe House opens at the end of October to men who are physically independent and have no history of significant physical violence to others or themselves. Christchurch Group was established in 1998 to provide high quality brain injury rehabilitation within a community setting. The organisation has since grown into a leading provider of specialist neurological rehabilitation that offers a range of specialist services across eight centres in York, Lincoln, Birmingham, Northampton, Bedford and Harwell in Oxfordshire.