Eden Futures opens specialist independent living accommodation

Eden Futures Stanningley service

Eden Futures has opened specialist independent living accommodation for adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs in West Yorkshire. 

The service in Stanningley, near Pudsey, contains 12 self-contained apartments and eight specialist bungalows within a purpose-built development. The provider will deliver care and support for people living there, creating 40 jobs.

The setting is a collaboration by developer Pudsey SSL Ltd, registered provider Blue Square Residential, the commissioning teams of NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Leeds City Council, and Eden Futures.

‘There is a great need for appropriate, supported and fully accessible accommodation, to enable people to live as fully and independently as possible,’ said Kevin Ritchie, councillor for Bramley and Stanningley ward and disability champion at Leeds City Council.

‘I welcome the residents to the area and look forward to linking them in with other third sector partners in the city to join in the many activities that improve life skills, build confidence and wellbeing and help lead fulfilling lives.’

Katy Peters, Blue Square Residential supported living manager, said: ‘Back in 2019, Leeds CCG identified a gap in service provision so Stanningley was developed, in partnership with them, to meet the needs of this cohort.

‘The service will enable the CCG to reduce delays in hospital discharges, avoid hospital admissions and repatriate individuals who are currently placed out-of-area.’

Dave Whittock, director of service development at Eden Futures, added the provider was moving forward with other plans to meet the shortage of specialist supported living services.