Spire Preston Ltd
T: 01772 524567
Company No. 7370594
What is Supported Living?
Supported living is about providing the right amount of individually tailored support to people to enable them to live a valued life in ordinary housing in the local community.
It is based on the belief that every person has a right to lead their own life, determining how and where they live, who they live with, as well as who provides their support.
The type of support provided depends very much on the needs of the individual, but always focusses on promoting choice and independence. Supported living can be successful for anyone regardless of the severity of their learning disability.
Our Supported Living Houses
Our supported living houses are just like any other household, only with a team of support workers in place to provide a helping hand with anything the person we support needs them for.
Although we are not landlords, we do support people with finding a property (either through social or private housing markets) and with their tenancy agreement.
We provide support in the home with correspondence, budgeting, cooking, cleaning and other living skills. We also provide support to help people fulfil their hopes and dreams in terms of hobbies, interests, education, training and employment. We work to help people have a presence in their community and to make a contribution.
Some people live alone, others with a housemate or two. Not everybody knows somebody else they want to move in with, so we try to find similar people in a similar situation who may want to live with them.
As a local organisation the homes of the people we support are all within the Preston area.
Our Supported Living Teams
Our supported living teams are made up of men and women from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have many years of experience of this type of work, others are new to it. What is most important to Spire, and the people we support, is that all staff share our Aims. Purpose and Values.
All our staff are trained to meet Care Quality Commission (CQC) expectations, are given a two week induction process shadowing experienced staff and are provided with additional project-specific training depending on the needs of the people they work with.
When recruiting new support workers we involve the people we support. We complete staff matching tools with the people we support to gather information about the type of person they would like to be supported by. We may also prepare questions with them and invite them to join us on the interview panel. The final part of our recruitment process is a meet and greet session in a social environment for the people we support to tell us what they think about the potential new staff member and whether they would be happy to be supported by them.
Each member of the Spire management team started at the organisation as a support worker so they all have excellent knowledge of, and positive relationships with, the people we support.
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