Planning Approval Given For Ellesmere Port Supported Living Scheme

Planning Approval Given For Ellesmere Port Supported Living Scheme

Planning approval has been granted for a supported living scheme on behalf of AFG and Hilldale Housing Association (HHA) on the site of a former public house in Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port.

The scheme will provide five one-bedroom assisted living bungalows and a two storey building – accommodating twelve one-bedroom apartments together with communal, staff and administration areas.

Studio KMA was commissioned to lead the design and planning process in place of the client’s internal design team in response to significant planning sensitivities associated with the proposed demolition of a community asset. Studio KMA successfully negotiated the complex range of planning issues and ensured the replacement of one community asset, a former ‘estate pub’, with another – a new high quality supported living residential development.

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Gardening brings community together

Gardening brings community together

A common love of gardening brought AFG supported people, staff, neighbours and the police together for a street party and BBQ.  

 Staff from Somerset House, a flat scheme for adults with learning disability and mental health issues, joined forces with tenants from across the road to plant hanging baskets, troughs and tubs.

Andrea Doherty, Team Leader at Somerset House in Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “This was the first time we’d engaged in this way. We enter the Royal Horticultural Society gardening in bloom awards every year because we have a large back garden. But this year our neighbours wanted to get involved because they live in flats with limited gardening space. We have more grassed area and they wanted to help.

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Centre-stage for learning disabilities

Centre-stage for learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities will get more support to live within the local community thanks to the major makeover of a Liverpool care hub.

Work has begun this week on the transformation of Besford House, a Learning Disability facility in Belle Vale. The council and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined forces with AFG which will run the centre and provide a range of services for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

AFG Regional Director Kathy Farmer said: “We’re delighted to be working closely with Liverpool City Council on Besford House. It’s an example of the way that AFG is working innovatively in the community to provide a wide range of leading-edge and bespoke care services delivering life-enhancing person-centred support to people with a diverse range of care needs.”

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£2 Million Mental Health Unit For Women Opened In Bolton

£2 Million Mental Health Unit For Women Opened In Bolton

A new mental health inpatient ward for women funded by Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) –  operated in partnership with Alternative Futures Group – has been opened.

Honeysuckle Lodge, based on the Royal Bolton Hospital site, will provide rehabilitation and recovery services for women with mental health issues, who may otherwise receive care out of the local area.

AFG’s Chief Executive, Neil Campbell, said: “It’s a really exciting opportunity to work in partnership with GMMH on Honeysuckle Lodge.  AFG has a 26-year track record of delivering care, treatment and support in a rehabilitation setting and strive to deliver person-centred care to produce better outcomes for people.

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