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Avenues chosen to run Bromley support services

Thursday 26 Nov 2015

Avenues London has been successful in securing a contract to manage five support services in the south east London borough of Bromley. The contract consists of three existing Avenues’ services and two services currently managed by another provider. B)...

Avenues East service wins award for outstanding end of life care

Thursday 5 Feb 2015

Avenues is proud to announce that Hope House, a supported living service in Suffolk, has been commended for outstanding support at this year’s Suffolk GEM Awards. The GEM Awards are aimed at support workers or services that go that extra mile and are)...

Avenues tender success in borough of Bexley

Thursday 21 May 2015

Avenues London has been successful in securing a contract to manage two Learning Disability support services in the London Borough of Bexley, where our headquarters are based. The two services, Fen Grove and Emerton Close, will be transferring to Ave)...

CQC rates Avenues supported living service outstanding in all areas – a first in England

Monday 7 Sep 2015

An Avenues supported living service is the first of its kind to be rated outstanding in all five areas inspected by the Care Quality Commission.  Avenues is also the first adult social care provider in the South East to achieve this distinction.  Ave)...

Avenues exhibits at Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group Meeting

Thursday 22 Oct 2015

Avenues is sharing its experience and learning in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) at a national event on Thursday 22nd October 2015.  The event is organised by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation’s National Strategy Group, which works to raise awar)...

Avenues secures Big Lottery grant to launch new project ‘It Takes 2’

Friday 13 Nov 2015

Avenues has been granted £300,000 by the Big Lottery to launch our new project, It Takes 2, which aims to match 100 people with learning disabilities with 100 people from the mainstream community who live locally and share an interest or passion. It )...

Optua UK name changes to Avenues

Monday 1 Feb 2016

Optua UK, the specialist provider of case management and support for people with an acquired brain injury, will now be known as Avenues. Optua UK, which became part of the Avenues group in 2011, has a fantastic track record going back over 20 years.)...

6 common misconceptions about autism

Monday 4 Apr 2016

To raise awareness for World Autism Awareness Week, Michael Gray, Regional Director, dispels six common misconceptions about autism.   Everyone with autism is a genius or has a special ability Contrary to popular belief, often influenced by popular)...

Avenues achieves HSCIC compliance

Monday 18 Apr 2016

Avenues has recently achieved compliance with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) Information Governance toolkit (level two). Protecting people’s information is important especially when working with people who may be vulnerable. Av)...

6 quick ways to practice mindfulness during your day

Monday 16 May 2016

Mindfulness is an approach that helps people to manage their thoughts and feelings. Chris Gregory, Learning and Development Manager at Avenues has been delivering a mindfulness programme to staff across the organisation for the last 2 years. To mark )...

Team from Avenues completes London to Brighton 100km challenge

Wednesday 8 Jun 2016

Over the May bank holiday weekend a group of Avenues employees, some people we support, plus friends and family members attempted the London to Brighton 100km challenge. The aim was to raise money for our Active Communities Fund. The fund provides f)...

Avenues project 'It takes 2' is connecting people based on shared interests

Wednesday 22 Jun 2016

It’s Learning Disability Week and this year’s theme is friendship and relationships. We caught up with Carly Halpin and Jim Lord, Project Workers on our new project ‘It takes 2’ which aims to connect people based on shared interests. It takes 2 is an)...

'It takes 2' update: July

Friday 22 Jul 2016

Jim Lord, Community Development Worker, gives us an update on Avenues project 'It takes 2' and how it's going in Bromley so far. As this is my first blog … ever! I thought I would say a little bit about myself. I live in Bromley. I am married and hav)...

New chair appointed

Tuesday 9 Aug 2016

Terry Rich has been appointed Group Board Chair of Avenues Group. As chair, he will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the group. Terry has unrivaled experience for the position having spent a long and successful career in the hea)...

Avenues new supported living service in Tunbridge Wells

Friday 12 Aug 2016

Over the past two and a half years Chris Crees, Service Manager at one of our supported living services for people with learning disabilities, The Pines, has been working to redevelop the site and get everyone moved in to the new building.   Kent Co)...

National Citizen Service (NCS) programme comes to Avenues in Sutton

Friday 9 Sep 2016

As part of the NCS social action scheme 13 young people came to Avenues in Sutton to help renovate an allotment for the people we support.   The NCS scheme aims to bring together young people aged 15-17, from a wide range of backgrounds to build ski)...

Avenues’ new supported living service in East Sussex

Monday 12 Sep 2016

Earlier this year Avenues was awarded a contract with East Sussex County Council to manage and provide support at two new supported living properties in Seaford for people with learning disabilities. The two services, opening this month, are part of )...

Squirrel Lodge team praised for outstanding support

Monday 26 Sep 2016

Squirrel Lodge is a supported living service where we support six adults aged 18-30 with learning disabilities and/or autism and behaviour that challenges. Over the past eight months the team there have been working with a young man, Ben* to increase)...

Carly's blog - It Takes Two

Tuesday 20 Sep 2016

Carly Halpin, Community Development Worker, updates us on It Takes Two, a project that is building community connections.   Hello from the diverse London borough of Greenwich; a suburb that feels distinctly progressive while being steeped in antiquit)...

Transforming Care for Children and Young People: Mindfulness, Positive Behaviour Support and Active Support training for parents.

Thursday 6 Oct 2016

Earlier this year, Avenues was awarded a Transforming Care grant by NHS England. The grant funded project in Greenwich worked with parents/carers who have children or young people with learning disabilities and/or autism and significant behaviour tha)...

Running the London Marathon for Avenues

Thursday 27 Oct 2016

Katrina Copping, talks about why she’s running the London Marathon next April for Avenues and how she plans to reach her £1000 target.   I previously worked at Avenues as a fundraiser and I still help out from time to time. I’ve seen loads of people )...

Thomas Road holds Macmillan Coffee morning with Great British Bake Off finalist

Thursday 3 Nov 2016

After fundraising by completing the ‘Bridge the Gap’ walk in Cambridge, Laura*, one of the people we support at Thomas Road, decided she wanted to hold a Macmillan coffee morning. Avenues supports three people at Thomas Road, a residential service ne)...

Welmede and Avenues have merged

Tuesday 8 Nov 2016

Avenues Group and Welmede announce today that they have merged. Welmede has become an operating subsidiary of Avenues Group. Our organisations share similar visions and values, making them an excellent fit.  By combining our resources and expertise, )...

James's blog: 'To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow'

Monday 14 Nov 2016

James*, who lives at Evelyn Fison Mews, talks about planting a garden in his new home and how it gives him hope for the future. Avenues support nine people at Evelyn Fison Mews, a supported living service for people with acquired brain injury in Sto)...

Aisha's blog: getting to know people we support at a new service

Friday 25 Nov 2016

Aisha Byamugisha, Service Manager at Amplio House talks about getting to know the tenants at her new service and why she thinks it’s an important part of being a manager. Avenues support five people at Amplio House, a supported living service in Bec)...

Jim's blog: It Takes 2

Monday 12 Dec 2016

Jim Lord, Community Development Worker, updates us on It Takes 2, a project that is building community connections. As we move slightly further down the road on our journey with ‘It Takes 2’ I am starting to experience some of the emotions of being i)...

‘It takes 2’ wins Community Cohesion Award in Greenwich

Monday 19 Dec 2016

In October, Avenues project, ‘It takes 2’, won the Greenwich Action for Voluntary Service (GAVS) Community Cohesion Award in recognition of their work in the area. ‘It takes 2’ in Greenwich aims to connect 50 people with learning disabilities with 5)...

Settling into our new service in Seaford

Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

Earlier this year Avenues opened two new supported living services in Seaford for people with learning disabilities. We caught up with the people we support there to find out how they are settling in, how their lives have changed and what their plans)...

My placement at Avenues

Thursday 26 Jan 2017

Jazzmin Robinson, trainee police officer, blogs about her placement at one of our residential services in Kent. As part of my police officer training, I was given a placement at Avenues. I didn’t know what to expect as I hadn’t had experience in an )...

Using systematic desensitisation with people we support

Thursday 9 Mar 2017

Sarah Kean, Practice Development Lead at Avenues talks about systematic desensitisation and its value when working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism. So what is systematic desensitisation? It’s a type of behavioural therapy. It wo)...

How we support people moving out of long-stay hospitals

Wednesday 22 Mar 2017

Andrea Wiggins, New Project Director at Avenues talks about how we work with people moving out of long-stay hospitals, and support them in the community. Avenues started in 1993 supporting people moving out of long stay hospitals in Kent who had oft)...

Sophie's blog: It Takes 2

Thursday 11 May 2017

Sophie, ambassador for Avenues project It Takes 2, blogs about her experience of the project and what she enjoys about being a part of the steering group.   I met Carly last year. We met in the tasty café in Eltham. We got to know each other very wel)...

A positive behaviour support approach to vision

Thursday 25 May 2017

Avenues Practice Development team are working in collaboration with The National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to raise awareness and deliver 'Vision Champion' training at Avenues around how visual impairments may link to behaviour that challenges)...