Tŷ Eirlys is our bespoke supported accommodation for 13 adults with learning disabilities, currently under development on Stow Hill, Newport. Funded by the Government’s Supported Housing Grant, and in partnership with Newport City Council, Tŷ Eirlys represents a significant re-modelling of the traditional style of supported accommodation usually associated with this client group.
Sarah Evans, reach Tenant Engagement Officer keeps us up to date with the residents journey from their existing accommodation into Tŷ Eirlys.
Getting to know each other
We first met everyone who is moving into Tŷ Eirlys back in October 2016. It was a great opportunity to get to know each other and to talk about how they would be fully involved from the outset; from selecting their own interiors to even interviewing and choosing staff.
It is important residents felt engaged and involved and that we kept conversations flowing as this is a big step for many of them.
Five of the people moving into Tŷ Eirlys are currently already supported by reach and living in homes at Dewsland Road and Dolphin Street.
I recently visited them to have a chat about how they were feeling about moving to Tŷ Eirlys. They were rather excited!
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
Choices and more relationship building!
A few weeks later the residents were back together to look at the interiors and choose their kitchens, flooring and tiles for their new home – and what fabulous taste they have!
More group meetings have been arranged to continue the relationship building and to also update everyone on how the building work is coming along. The moving in date is still on target for April.
Getting the right staff
The interviewing process has started, and we need to make sure we choose the right staff for the right roles, and the residents have a big part to play in their selection.
Kicking it off, the residents met with 5 internal candidates. The interviews were carried out in a speed dating style to make it fun and relaxed for people as they were extremely nervous about meeting the staff. Next up are the external candidates in early February who they will get to interview and feedback on.
They are a social bunch
It’s fantastic to see friendships starting to form and the group already swapping phone numbers and arranging social events.
We will continue to help foster this, and create ample opportunities for residents to meet staff to ask any questions they might have about their new homes and impending move.
There is a tangible feeling amongst the residents of sheer excitement, mixed with a few nerves for some. Conversations focus on plans for their new home, welcoming their family and friends, ideas for future social events and trips to their new local pub which they have all discovered is right on their door step!
Residents enjoying interviewing staff