Our housing services in Thanet, Herne Bay and Sheerness support people with a learning disability to become as independent as possible and live within the community.
Alongside everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning and ironing, individuals are supported to take part in community activities, such as going out for a meal or going on holiday.
By supporting individuals both at home and in the community, we aim to increase independence and reduce isolation, improving the overall health and well-being of individuals.
Housing options available include independent living in one-bed and two-bed self-contained flats, independent living in shared flats and houses, and supported living in shared flats and houses. We have a shared bungalow especially for older people, and transitional accommodation for people living independently for the first time and working towards living in the community.
Many of our properties include gardens, and some are ground floor for easy access.
All our properties are close to East Kent Mencap’s Day Resources in either Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate or Sheerness, where tenants can become members, providing them with opportunities to develop their life skills further, take part in therapeutic activities and access services within the community with friends.
All properties are also situated near to a town centre so that tenants have access to amenities such as pharmacies, supermarkets, banks and transport links that allow them to visit elsewhere in East Kent.
For our supported living properties, hours of support vary and are decided based on individual needs. 24-hour support is available if required.
All of East Kent Mencap’s work with people with a learning disability is person-centred, focused on the individual’s needs, goals and aspirations and how we can help them to achieve these. As such, if you are interested in our housing, please do get in touch to discuss your particular requirements with our experienced and friendly members of staff on 01843 22 44 82 or email email@example.com.
Tenants of many of our properties are entitled to support from our Supporting People Enablement Team (SPET), allowing them to achieve the things they want out of life, whether this is maintaining contact with friends and family, finding a job, or speaking up about the things that are important to them.
SPET provides one-to-one support to East Kent Mencap tenants to enable them to become more independent and access a greater number of services in the community. The team supports tenants to understand their tenancies and run monthly tenants’ meetings to help people to speak up about tenancy-related issues. The team also provide person-centred plans to support people to realise their goals and be the person they want to be. SPET offer support groups to tenants, which provide the opportunity for them to discuss the things that are important to them.
SPET has demonstrated that providing specialist, one-to-one support to people with a learning disability can have a significant impact on their level of independence, be it through travel training, finding employment and voluntary opportunities, or education. SPET's work has challenged assumptions about people’s aspirations and forced through organisational change by being focused on these, rather than maintaining the status quo.
We encourage the transition from supported living towards greater independence.
For more information contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01843 224482.