South Avenue is an adapted house that can accommodate up to seven young residents who have moderate to severe learning disabilities, physical disabilities, challenging behaviours and other associated needs. Our home currently supports residents with Downs’s syndrome, autism and sensory impairments.
Individuals at South Avenue have different communication needs and our staff are trained and experienced in supporting everyone in the way that they prefer – from verbal communication to Makaton and person specific communication techniques. Each resident has a detailed communication plan which is updated on a continual basis.
Everyone our at home is supported to plan a weekly timetable of activities, both at the home and in the community, which enables them to develop skills, work towards goals or simply to enjoy themselves. They are also supported to carry out all aspects of daily living and encouraged to participate in household decisions through regular meetings. Our residents are encouraged to be as independent as possible and are supported to attend appointments, social activities and work if they choose. Individuals living at South Avenue also have full use of the home’s own transport to enable them to get out and about.
“I have lived at South Avenue for 8 years. I like living here because the staff are nice and they know what I like and don’t like. I have my own room upstairs and it is full of things I like. Every Saturday I work at the local Scope shop and staff support me to get there. I enjoy going out on activities and the staff here help me to plan what I am going to do and then to do it. I have started to go dog walking and would like to work with children which the staff are trying to help me with.
I have been on lots of holidays while living at South Avenue. When I am at home I like to sit in the garden when the weather is nice and we sometimes have a BBQ. I enjoy jigsaw puzzles and have a huge collection of them. The staff join in with doing the puzzles and with painting and drawing. When I am upset or angry the staff make me feel better and help me to talk about my feelings. They help make sure that I can go home every Sunday to see my mum and dad. I love the other people that I live with, they make me laugh and give me cuddles when I am upset. We get on well most of the time and I enjoy spending time with them.”
South Avenue is a large, adapted, detached house set in a picturesque tree lined street, in an established residential suburb of Derby. Chellaston is a popular commuter area as it is only a 15 minute walk from the small shopping area of Allenton and a short bus ride into the centre of Derby. There are also excellent road links with the A50 minutes away in the car and we are situated on a major bus route. Just a five minute walk from South Avenue there is a park, cycle track, local pub and shop.
Our home is a bright, roomy building with seven bedrooms over two floors, all of which have en-suite facilities. There are two large shared bathrooms, a large lounge with a separate area for arts and crafts and activities, a functional central kitchen, a double conservatory which acts as a smaller lounge area, a small sensory/relaxation area, a dining area and a mature, secure garden ideal for BBQ’s or just relaxing. The downstairs and outside areas are fully wheelchair accessible and suitable for individuals with mobility difficulties.
Here at South Avenue we have a small, dedicated team of staff who are passionate about the support they provide and about enabling the individuals that live here to lead as full and active lives as possible. Staff hours are specifically tailored around when individuals want them to support them and staff are on site 24 hours a day. All of our staff are trained and experienced in supporting the individuals that live at South Avenue and take pride in the fact that the service has a homely, relaxed feel.