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Bowens Close

Bowens Close supported living scheme was opened in April 2001 as a result of a partnership between the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Choice Housing Association (previously known as Ulidia).  This enabled 6 adults with a learning disability to move into their own tenancy and be supported by staff.  The scheme was made up of 2 dormer bungalows which are rented by the individual from the Housing Association.  One of the houses had a 24 hour staff presence which offers support and guidance to the tenants in the second house.

In June 2008 the scheme was extended to include a third house within the cul-de-sac and this enabled a further 3 individuals to move from residential care to supported living.  This house provides 24 hour support and increases the scheme to 9 individuals.

Due to the changing needs of the tenants, the three houses now provide 24 hour staff presence.

Bowens Close is situated approximately 2 miles from Lurgan Town centred just off the Banbridge Road in a small cul-de-sac consisting of three houses.


  • Description of services/opportunities provided

    Range of services provided are;

    • Assistance with personal care as per the individual’s assessed need.
    • Support to maintain and enhance an individual’s life skills through setting agreed and realistic goals
    • Support with domestic tasks and food preparation/cooking
    • Assistance with managing money and dealing with correspondence
    • Assistance with medication
    • Support to maintain tenancy re; completing forms / liaising with DHSS/ Housing executive/ housing landlord and Trust
    • Advising individuals about safety and security in the community and their own home
    • Support with community integration and accessing local services
    • Support with neighbour disputes
    • Support to attend appointments

    Our key objectives are designed to: –

    • Engage in regular community experiences by being supported to use local resources.
    • Experience maximum choice and participation in their support arrangements by being involved in developing their support plans.
    • Receive individually tailored support programmes to enable individuals to achieve maximum control of all aspects of their lives by assessing and planning their support needs with relevant others.
    • Promotion of a person centred approach.
    • Regular consultation with tenants on the everyday service.
    • Enjoy a greater circle of informal support in their lives. This is achieved with greater participation in the community.
    • Maintain and promote individuals’ independence in all areas of their lives, in accordance with their assess needs.

     

  • Routes to access the service

    Following an assessment of need, where alternative accommodation is required the case manager in consultation with the service-user, their carers and the multi-disciplinary team present their case to the  Accommodation Panel. The aim is to ensure that the service-user’s needs are prioritised. When an appropriate vacancy within a supported living scheme becomes available and is offered to the service-user the case manager will support in their move to their new home.

  • Referral criteria

    The service-users’ needs to have a confirmed learning disability and be an open case to the Community Learning Disability Team, Southern Health & Social Care Trust;

    Based on the service-user’s assessment of need, there is evidence of care/support needs, and their needs can be met within a supported living scheme;

    Our supported living scheme cater for a wide range of care/support needs so it is important that the appropriate scheme is identified to meet the individual needs of the service-user;

    The service-user must be actively involved in the process and be happy with their new accommodation;

    The service-user must be eligible for housing benefit of if not agree to pay full-costs;

    The service-user/appointee must agree to pay the costs associated with a tenant living in the scheme.

     

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  • Makaton signing/easy read

    Tenant specific – Speech and Language therapist works with tenant to provide easy read information

  • Advocacy services & contacts

    Independent Advocacy are regularly involved with Tenant’s.

    Sinéad Campbell

    Advocacy Team Leader

    Disability Action

    SineadCampbell@disabilityaction.org

  • Contact Details

    Bowens Close

    1-3 Bowens Close, Lurgan, County Armagh, BT66 7WD

    02837560173

    Bowens Close is a 24 hr staffed scheme