Work starts on new homes for people with complex needs

Broadacres’ Chair Helen Simpson (front) with various partners involved in the ECHO scheme.

Work has started on a £2.3 million project to provide specialist homes for people with complex needs.

Housing association Broadacres is building seven two-bedroom bungalows in Brough St Giles.

Six of the bungalows will be let to people with complex needs, including autism and learning disabilities, with the other being used by the staff working there.

The staff of Stokesley-based Positive Individual Proactive Support (PIPS) will provide 24-hour-a-day care and support to the residents,).

The ECHO (Enhanced Housing & Care Offer) project is being supported by NHS England, which is providing a grant of £1.89 million towards the cost of the scheme, as well as Richmondshire District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

The sustainable homes are being built for Broadacres by its contactor Hartforth Homes.

The homes have been designed and constructed with materials and technology which allows them to use very little energy meaning a very low running cost to the resident.

The bespoke design means it has been possible to ‘design out’ the possible triggers for people with autism, so for example maintenance of services can be undertaken externally reducing the requirement for access into the home and because of the increased insulation, it reduces noises within the home from the external environment.

Gail Teasdale, Broadacres’ chief executive, said: “The ECHO scheme compliments the national service model of Building the Right Support, which is all about improving health and care services so that more people with learning disabilities and/or autism can live in the community, with the right support, and close to family and friends. This means that fewer people will need to stay in hospital for their care.

“Broadacres has a proven track record of delivering schemes of this nature and working with, residents with learning disabilities, mental health issues and complex needs, so we’re excited to be working with our partners to provide these homes for local people.”

Paul Newton, managing director of Positive Individual Proactive Support (PIPS), said: “We welcome this unique partnership approach which has brought the expertise and experience to design bespoke bungalows that will transform the lives of the individuals who take up the tenancies.”

Leader of Richmondshire District Council, Councillor Angie Dale said: “We are delighted to see work starting on this project which will be a valuable asset for the residents of Richmondshire – allowing people with learning disabilities or autism to remain living in the community near their family support network.”

The start of work on the ECHO scheme coincides with Learning Disability Week, which runs from 14th to 20th June.