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Former Walsall pub set to become supported living accommodation

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Property development firm SEP Properties and leading care provider Radis Community Care have joined forces to turn former Walsall pub into a state of the art supported living service.

Consisting of 12 self-contained apartments, communal areas and a manager’s office, the building that was once a pub named The Bowman on Myatt Avenue, will be renamed Bowman Court – in a nod to its history within the local community.

SEP Properties is a property investor and developer, and the firm is now in the final stages of the development with a grand opening expected to happen in the summer.

With the scaffolding due to come down shortly, attention will be turned to the inside of the supported living accommodation.

Built with assisted technology at the forefront of the design, Bowman Court will be kitted out with top-quality 360 degree CCTV and access control.

Prioritising safety, security and accessibility for all, the supported living service will include a 24/7 warden call system and the building will allow for keyless entry in the form of fobs.

Managed by Inclusion Housing, each apartment will be made up of a fully fitted kitchen, bedroom, living space and a bathroom as well as being supplied with underfloor heating.

Gavin Dixon, Head of Supported Living Services at Radis Community Care expressed his delight at the upcoming opening of Bowman Court.

He said, “Myself and the entire team at Radis are absolutely thrilled to have a supported living service opening in Walsall.

“This location is perfect and we’re really happy to be able to provide a service that will benefit the community and their families in a plethora of ways.”

Gavin also said, “We’re incredibly proud to have teamed up with SEP Properties to create a first-class facility for individuals with various care needs. It’s fantastic to support other local businesses and to have created such a community-focused facility together is an honour.”

SEP Properties have spent many years working on both residential and commercial blocks, however this is the firm’s very first project of this type.

Palminder Singh, Director at SEP Properties discussed the project thus far.

He said, “As a local business, we’re keen to work on projects that will benefit the community and this does exactly that.

“We’ve worked closely with Radis Community Care to ensure the bespoke development is suitable for the individuals who will call it home. And we have done so by implementing first-class assisted technology to the supported living service.”

Whilst this is the firm’s first construction of this type, Palminder explains that the SEP Properties is thrilled to be able to give back to the community. He went on to say:

“We’re keen to continue in this line of work, teaming up with fellow local businesses, supporting the community whilst promoting and providing further jobs. We have a number of projects in the pipeline for the next two years that will allow us to do just that.”

Bowman Court is expected to welcome residents and clients, allowing them to move in before the summer.

Leading care provider runs one mile for every client

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With their head office based in the Midlands, leading care provider Radis Community Care announced its charities of the year as mental health charity Mind, as well as the leading charity for older people Age UK.

And, to kickstart a year’s worth of fundraisers, a number of the business’s services have come together for its ‘One Mile per Smile’ campaign, where Radis staff and care workers walked, ran and cycled 3,200 miles – a mile for each client they support.

Exceeding the target of completing 3,200 miles as a business in just one month, Radis Community Care’s services across England and Wales, including Live-In, Extra Care and Visiting Care, came together for two incredible charities.

Jay Symons, National Live-in Manager at Radis Community Care led the way with her and the live-in team completing the most miles.

She said, “For me, leading by example is so important. To ensure I did my bit, I would get my walking shoes on and walk for four miles – no matter rain or shine.

“All managers, our coordinator, as well as some of our carers and clients actively took part too. And, promoting the benefits of exercise on mental wellbeing whilst taking in the fresh air was really important to us.”

With the care provider’s services spread across the UK and Wales, this fundraiser meant that the 3,200+ miles ran were done from a plethora of areas across two countries.

Fay Davis, Business Support Administrator for Radis explained that many of the staff located at the businesses head office in Tamworth used their lunch break to get in some extra miles.

She said, “I always go for a walk before work, but this fundraiser pushed me to do even more and to go even further. I walked two miles both morning and evening, as well as more over the weekend – and it’s something I have continued to do.”

The fundraiser has done much more than raise vital funds, but has raised awareness of both charities, Mind and Age UK, whilst also encouraging Radis staff to continue walking, proving the benefits it has on mental and physical health.

With many of the team continuing to increase their daily steps, it’s clear that the fundraiser was a huge success in every sense of the word.

Siblings begin independent living journey at Grantham supported living service

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Conversion work has been completed on a property in Grantham which has enabled three adults to start a new life and live independently.  

Radis Community Care will provide supported living services to the individuals in partnership with Golden Lane Housing, supported housing landlords for people with a learning disability and those living with autism. 

Siblings, Aiden and Shannon, have moved out of their family home for the first time this month to start living independently at this new supported living service. Their mother, Michelle, who has been very involved in the process said: “I’ve seen the property since it’s been renovated and it’s looking lovely! 

“We’re very excited for Aiden and Shannon to experience what it’s like living on their own. It’s obviously hard to see them go but it’s an exciting change and we think this big move is going to be the making of them.”

Gavin Dixon, head of supported living services at Radis Community Care, said: “We’re proud that the individuals moving into their home are able to start a new, independent chapter of their lives and that with our support, this close knit group can live together. 

“Supported living services provide a great opportunity for those living with complex additional needs, learning disabilities and neurodivergence to develop  independence with bespoke care and support.”

Aiden and Shannon’s childhood friend, Joseph, is also moving into the same property with them. 

His mother Julie said: “Everything has been absolutely fantastic. The team at Radis have been very helpful and have answered all our questions promptly.”

Radis Community Care supports people of all ages and with a diverse range of disabilities, conditions and levels of need with a common goal to provide care that is tailored to the choices of each individual, so that they can lead an independent life.

Three generations celebrate Mother’s Day with leading community care provider

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and leading community care provider Radis Community Care is celebrating three generations of women from the very same family, who all happen to be employees or recipients of care at one of the business’s Welsh extra care services.

Based at Maesyffynnon Extra Care Service, a state of the art scheme situated in south Wales, Julie and Jenna Shotton are care workers whilst Jeanette Davies is a resident at the service.

And the three ladies will be spending Mother’s Day together, celebrating at the extra care service.

Leading the three generations as grandmother, Jeanette has lived at Maesyffynnon for almost four years due to rheumatoid arthritis and brittle bone disease otherwise known as osteoporosis, affecting her day-to-day life.

Due to her conditions and her leg being in plaster for a prolonged period of time, Jeanette was unable to get around her previous home independently, which is why she moved to Maesyffynnon. Now, Jeanette requires daily support from the Radis team, including hoisting.

She said, “I love my flat here at Maesyffynnon, the staff are very friendly and are really good to me. I have the best care living here.

“And as a bonus, I get to see my daughter Julie and granddaughter Jenna daily as they work here, too!”

Julie has worked within the social care sector for 15 years as she decided she wanted a career change.

She emotionally said, “I had been looking after my mam for a few years, and it’s true what they say – to care for those who once cared for us is one the highest honours – and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

As the third generation, Jenna followed in her mother’s footsteps and joined the team at Maesyffynnon over a year ago.

Jenna said, “I have enjoyed every minute of my time here, and have helped to care for my Nan since I was nine or 10, so I always knew that the care industry was for me.

“It’s such a rewarding career and it’s a pleasure knowing you’re making a difference to someone’s life.”

It’s an extraordinary circumstance, and Emma Lawrence, Deputy Manager at Maesyffynnon Extra Care says:

“For three generations of the family to be connected by the same care provider is almost unheard of, but for all three women to be working and residents of the very same service is something truly special.”

The service and care provided by Radis supports residents to live independently whilst receiving bespoke support for their needs.

Consisting of 40 apartments, Maesyffynnon also includes a dining room, café, hair salon, therapy room, lounge, activity room as well as a garden area.

Leading care provider expands services to North Yorkshire with contract win

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In what has already proved to be an exciting year for Radis Community Care, the leading care provider continues to work towards a year of tremendous success.

Radis Community Care has expanded its services to provide care to vulnerable adults in North Yorkshire, after winning the contract for Jazz Court, a poplular retirement community owned and run by Sanctuary Supported Living in Scarborough.

Providing care in more than 70 locations across England and Wales, Scarborough is new territory for the leading care provider.

Partnering with Sanctuary Supporting Living, a not-for-profit organisation delivering a wide range of supported housing and retirement communities, Jazz Court plays an active role in the community and is a Silver Award winner of Elderly Accommodation Counsel’s Housing for Older People Awards in 2019.

The retirement community provides apartments and communal facilities for over 55s, including 24/7 onsite care staff, non-resident management system and a careline alarm system.

Staff at Jazz Court provide support to residents with housing management and money matters, and encourage wellbeing and inclusion by hosting a variety of activities in collaboration with carers from Radis Community Care to encourage socialising among residents.

Quizzes, exercise classes and crafts are just a selection of the activities on offer, alongside a well-kept garden, a library and a restaurant which is also open to the public for breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Julie Wales, Regional Manager at Radis Community Care expressed her delight at taking over the care at Jazz Court.

She said, “We’re incredibly proud to be the care provider for the residents of Jazz Court, working alongside Sanctuary Supported Living to continue to provide quality extra care and support services.

“Our extra care housing and services provide a wonderful alternative to care homes, and we are thrilled to add to our offerings in Yorkshire for those that need additional support and care.”

Having worked on a number of projects together, both Radis Community Care and Sanctuary Supported Living are delighted to be working together once again.

Retirement Communities Manager at Sanctuary Supported Living, Liz Jones, said: “We’re excited to embark on this new partnership with Radis Community Care.

“Their commitment to quality and extensive experience in the field aligns with our mission at Sanctuary Supported Living. We look forward to the positive impact this collaboration will have on the lives of our residents at Jazz Court.“

Leading care provider gives old day centre a brand new lease of life

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Radis Community Care will be opening the doors to a day centre in an official ribbon cutting ceremony with Deputy Mayor and Town Councillor Paul Darby set to do the honours.

Since 2001, Radis Community Care has been changing the lives of vulnerable adults and children across England and Wales. And now, Radis is set to make a difference to the local community in Swaffham as the John Chapman Day Centre is set to open its doors on 12th February 2024 after giving it a new lease of life.

The John Chapman Day Centre is aimed at the over 55’s in the local area and in a bid to help the people of Swaffham make meaningful connections, combat loneliness and improve their health and wellbeing, Radis Community Care has carefully curated an activities programme suitable for all abilities.

Based at The Old Maltings Extra Care Service in Swaffham, the John Chapman Day Centre will be hosting a fun-filled open day for the whole family to enjoy.

Providing people with the perfect opportunity to discover the centre, learn more about the services on offer and meet the Radis team, the open day is aimed at those who want to find out more about the new hub of the community.

Whether a person requires specialist dementia care, around the clock care due to a long-term health condition, short-term care, or even end of life care, Radis offers it all. And, what’s more, the leading care provider and its 2,500+ carers personalise each package to ensure it is entirely tailored to each client.

The open day will also be jam-packed with interactive activities for everybody to get involved with, including arts and crafts, balloon artists, wiggle and giggle dance time and a variety of music-themed activities.

Kris Oughton, National Activities Lead at Radis Community Care explains the importance of the day centre and what this will mean to the local community.

He said, “The John Chapman Day Centre used to be the place to be, it was the heart and hub of Swaffham – and that is what we aim to achieve once again.

“The day centre will play an integral role in the community, bringing people together.”

Kris also went on to say that everybody is welcome to attend the open day, and the extra care team from The Old Maltings will be on hand to answer any questions that the local community may have.

Moving forwards, the John Chapman Day Centre will be open three days a week, between the hours of 10am and 3pm where the local community can meet new friends, get involved in various fun activities and enjoy a hot healthy lunch.

“It’s important that we can provide people with the opportunity to meet new people, stay active with gentle exercises and to offer nutritious food.

“We’re much more than a day centre, but a life line to so many,” Kris continued.

The John Chapman Day Centre opens on 12th February for its open day and will then be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am until 3pm.

Leading community care provider wins another Extra Care Service contract in North Somerset

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Radis Community Care is now the proud care provider of its third Extra Care Service in North Somerset, partnering with housing provider Anchor, England’s largest not-for profit provider of housing and care for people in later life.

Situated in North Somerset, Waverley Court is made up of 60 apartments as well as eight retirement bungalows.

Providing additional peace of mind for residents, the extra care service provides on-site care staff 24/7, alongside a careline alarm service.

To support residents to live an independent life of their choosing Waverley Court is fully accessible throughout with additional communal facilities including: an activities room, hairdressers, reading room, lounge and IT Suite. There is a daily catering offer with residents able to invite guests whenever they choose.

Quizzes, exercise classes, craft activities and social events all contribute to making Waverley Court a home where individuals can love living in later life.

Paula Hoggarth Group Operations Director at Radis Community Care, said, “We’re thrilled to partner with Anchor and look forward to working alongside them to provide quality care for the residents at Waverley Court.

“Extra Care Housing and Services can provide an alternative to residential care, and with our excellent care team on site, we will be able to support more people in North Somerset to remain independent in a home of their choice.”

The teams at both Radis and Anchor are positive about pets and encourage and support responsible pet ownership. Wherever possible, consent will be granted for individuals to be able to keep their pets within their home.

Paula went on to explain that in many circumstances, pets are also allowed – which could be a deal breaker for some people needing to receive long-term care and support.

She said: “In many cases, residents of care schemes are often forced to make a decision about where their pets will go, but at Waverley Court, many of the residents will be able to take cats or dogs with them.”

Teresa Gibbs, Operations Manager at Anchor for Waverley Court also said: “We are looking forward to working with Radis Community Care to deliver quality care for residents which allows them to maintain the independence they enjoy alongside the added benefit of care from an on-site team.”

Care provider donates life-saving equipment for local Cheltenham football club

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Leading care provider Radis Community Care held a series of fundraisers in a bid to raise money for a defibrillator for local football team Montpellier FC in Cheltenham.

Aiming to celebrate football whilst providing an environment to support men and women of all ages both physically and mentally, Montpellier FC aspires to be the next evolution of a local community football club.

Having secured a pavilion as their home that required a complete overhaul and renovation, the team reached out to the local community for help.

Among the club’s wish list was a request for a defibrillator, and Radis Community Care stepped up and made it their mission to supply the life-saving piece of equipment.

Rachel Brooks-O’Dell, Regional Manager at Radis Community Care said, “We are honoured to have donated this life-saving piece of equipment for the local football club in Cheltenham, and I’m so proud of the Radis team for raising the money to make this possible.

“The defibrillator will not only benefit the players, but it could be vital in saving a life in the community, too. We hope it’s never needed, but it’s reassuring to know that it’s there.”

The teams at Radis across Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire committed to hosting cake sales, raffles and tombola’s and it seems their efforts were a roaring success.

Liam, chairman of Montpellier FC explains that the club has been a lifelong dream for both him and his best friend, who runs it alongside him – and providing a safe environment was top priority.

He went on to say what the new defibrillator means to the football club: “There’s been instances across the country where people have collapsed during football matches and a defibrillator hasn’t been accessible, so having something as life-saving as this on site is a real asset to the club.

“On behalf of everybody at Montpellier Football Club, I want to thank all of the staff at Radis and its clients for raising the money for this defibrillator that we can have on-site at our home ground.”

The defibrillator has now been installed and is accessible or both Montpellier FC and the wider community.

Liam, chairman of Montpellier FC

State of the art supported living service opens in Coventry

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Radis Community Care, a leading provider of community-based social care has partnered with specialist supported living developers HBV Group, to launch a bespoke and purpose-built supported living service (SLS) in Coventry.

The scheme was officially launched  by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Jaswant Singh Birdi and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Krishna Kaur Birdi in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site to welcome residents.

The development, which will house 19 people, offers a safe and secure home for people with a range of needs, including physical and learning disabilities as well as mental health conditions.

The scheme has been developed by specialist supported living developer HBV Group in collaboration with Radis Community Care.

Supported living schemes support people with learning and physical difficulties, autism and/or mental health problems with the confidence to overcome barriers and take their first steps into independent living. Radis ensures that each person is treated on an individual basis and that their care is tailored to suit their needs.

Broadstreet House, has also been fitted with assistive technology, provided by ATEL, specifically designed for the needs of the tenants. Inclusion Housing is the Registered Provider. Residents are referred into the scheme by Coventry City Council.

The self-contained apartments include wheelchair-friendly automatic doors connected to fire safety systems, shower rooms, and hoists, and all tenants have access to a generous, open garden space to help improve their overall well-being.

In addition to assistive technology, the service has been designed with energy efficiency in mind. Each apartment has an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of B, with one hundred per cent LED lighting throughout the apartments as well as other energy-saving features.

HBV Group has worked in partnership with housing and care providers and local authorities since 2011 to change the lives of more than 1,200 people, allowing them to retain or regain their independence and have the ability to live within the local community.

Councillor Jaswant Singh Birdi, who is the Lord Mayor of Coventry and opened the scheme alongside Lady Mayoress, Mrs Krishna Kaur Birdi, said:

“We are delighted to open this development which will play in an important role in our local community. This development will help people live a positive, fulfilling and independent life with the support of a care team. I’d like to thank everyone for working together to make this development happen.”

Neil MacKrell, construction director at HBV Group, said:

“We are proud of this project and are excited for the tenants moving in who will experience the benefits of living in a technically advanced home alongside the support they need.

“We know that this development will enable people who need extra support to live fulfilling lives more independently and enable them to live in the heart of the community. We are grateful for the support of the adult social care team and local decision makers who recognise the need for this type of new build accommodation in the area.”

The opening of Broadstreet House will also be providing in excess of 25 jobs to the community of Coventry with a number of exciting opportunities within the health and social care sector.

Paula Hoggarth, group operations director at Radis, said:  “This is such an exciting time to be part of Radis Community Care. Broadstreet House really is at the intersection of both cutting-edge assistive technology and energy efficiency, and I am so proud to have been able to play a part in our new tenants’ futures.

“Broadstreet House has a fully trained team on site 24/7 able to support individuals’ varying needs and complexities within their own homes and as a part of the wider community.

“We hope that our new team members and tenants are proud of the support provided at this amazing new scheme.”

A new lease of life for Bradshaw House

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Work is underway to transform a grade 2 listed, Georgian-fronted property in the heart of  Congleton to provide a much-needed space for members of the community with additional needs.

Originally built in 1820 for mayor John Bradshaw,  the  house is being sympathetically converted into supported living, complete with six, state-of-the-art, one-bed apartments, while protecting all of the property’s original features.

Kingsgate Developments acquired the Georgian property in 2021. Working in partnership with Radis Community Care, the conversion is now underway.

Adam Taylor, managing director at Kingsgate Developments, said: “This is not your usual apartment scheme. Bradshaw House is being converted into six luxury apartments with a twist. The scheme is specifically designed as a supported living scheme with the latest assisted technology.

“We’re doing everything we can to protect the structure and integrity of the building including revamping the original doors so that they’re automated. We are ensuring this beautiful property isn’t compromised at all by being brought up to today’s regulatory standards.”

There is a 12-month build project on the scheme. Once complete, six adults will move into the supported living service, to start a new chapter in their purpose-built homes. 

Gavin Dixon, regional support manager for supported living services for Radis Community Care said: “Supported Living is the least restrictive model of support and a great way for people who experience additional needs to live as autonomously as possible.

“Once the renovations are complete we will be providing a team of dedicated support workers who will help them with whatever they need, from personal care to help out and about in the community.” 

The currently outdated building is also being made more environmentally friendly, which will mean a lower running cost and fewer emissions being released into the environment. 

Some of these improvements include thermally upgrading external walls and floors and bringing the rest of the building in line with modern housing standards, while protecting the building’s authenticity.

Adam said: “Listed buildings are exempt from EPC ratings but we are doing as much as we are able to to bring the property into the modern day, making it as sustainable as possible.” 

It is hoped all work to the property will be completed by Autumn next year. 

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