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Co-Production with Avenues – Have your say! Wednesday 16th December

Wednesday 9th December 2020

Are you interested in impacting the future of Avenues and the way the organisation supports people? Avenues are committed to improving people’s lives and co-production is a huge part of how we can achieve positive outcomes for the people we support. Our Co-production and Active Support Partner, Nikki Hollands is currently looking at…

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Young people’s service take over Avenues social media

Friday 4th December 2020

Young people from one of Avenues’ Surrey services will take over Avenues’ Facebook and Instagram pages from the 7th December for one week. Francesca, James, Jack, Jenny and Ankush are part of a transition service in Surrey which equips young people with the skills they need for independent living from managing money to cooking meals.

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Perseverance pays off for Claude’s happiness

Friday 20th November 2020

When the Mayor of Bromley visited Avenues service Amplio House recently, one man made a big impact on her companion, Counsellor Colin Hitchins. He had met resident Claude many years previously, and was delighted to see the dramatic, visible change in Claude’s wellbeing with Avenues support

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Housing complaints process review

Housing complaints process review

Monday 16th November 2020

As part of our commitment to customer services we have reviewed our complaints process against the Housing Ombudsman’s complaints code. This work will inform our new procedure for making a complaints, which will also be published on this website in Spring 2021.

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PHE report on Covid-19 learning disability death rate – Avenues response

PHE report on Covid-19 learning disability death rate – Avenues response

Friday 13th November 2020

It is no surprise that people with learning disabilities had a higher mortality rate during the first wave of the pandemic; they are commonly faced with complex health conditions that make them more vulnerable to secondary illnesses. But given that this vulnerability is well-established, we should all be asking why more wasn’t done to protect this group of people.

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Global recognition for Avenues governance

Tuesday 10th November 2020

We’re delighted that one of our amazing staff has been recognised with an international award for her work in making the charity stronger, and more able to deliver its vision for people. Lauren Osman is now a Modern Governance 100 Recipient; a prestigious award given by global governance specialists.

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Gender Pay Gap Data 2019

Gender Pay Gap Data 2019

Friday 30th October 2020

Avenues is a not-for profit organisation which works with people with autism, learning disability, and multiple or complex needs. Our mission is to reduce the disadvantage people face through their disability, illness or injury, and we are opposed to discrimination of any kind. This includes gender inequality, and we undertake an internal monitoring programme…

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New group director appointed

Thursday 15th October 2020

Avenues has confirmed Caroline Neal as its new Group Director of People. The new post will develop and lead the strategy to ensure the organisation continues to offer sector- leading careers. Caroline was previously Head of Human Resources, and was appointed following a rigorous recruitment process by the Group’s trustees.

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Avenues trustees commit to Charity Governance Code

Tuesday 13th October 2020

The Avenues Group Boards have signed up to the Charity Governance Code as part of our commitment to further strengthening all parts of the organisation – including the skills of our trustees. The code supports our compliance with the law and regulations, and a culture where everything works towards fulfilling the charity’s vision.

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New director will drive growth of Avenues Group

Friday 25th September 2020

Avenues has appointed a new director of business development to support its commitment to expand into new regions, and support more people to enjoy better lives. Karina Hourd will take up her new post on Monday 28 September. She joins Avenues from Dimensions, where she was head of business development.

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Doors open on new £1.3m transition service

Monday 24th August 2020

The first young person to move into our new specialist service is settling in well, enjoying the freedom and independence of community-based life. The service in Tottenham has been developed in partnership with Haringey Council, and was previously an eight-bedded residential home.

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Guidance for visiting people at our services

Friday 21st August 2020

Important Update 21.12.2020: The advice stated below now applies to visiting/outward visits for people located in Tiers 1-3 only. We are currently waiting for government advice around visiting those resident in Tier 4 areas and will update the guidance shortly.

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Mayor ‘inspired and uplifted’ by Avenues service

Saturday 8th August 2020

Avenues’ Amplio House service in Bromley, London, recently received a visit from the borough’s Mayor who attended a fundraising barbecue. The Mayor chose the service for her first post-lockdown official outing and spoke to staff, people supported at the service and Avenues’ CEO Jo Land.

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The calming effect of a swing

Thursday 6th August 2020

After a two year quest one of Avenues London services has finally been able to have an adapted garden swing fitted for one of the people they support and it was well worth the wait. The whole family turned out to see Margaret, who is supported by Avenues London, debut on her new swing…

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Avenues East hits a high note

Wednesday 29th July 2020

We know how important music is to many of the people we support at Avenues and musicians are frequent visitors to our services. Our Community Support Service in Avenues East regularly works with the music charity Musica, who provide workshops to people with disabilities and mental health issues, amongst others.

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COVID-19 office risk assessment

COVID-19 office risk assessment

Tuesday 30th June 2020

In line with best practice and Government advice, we have published our risk assessment for people using the the group’s offices. The risk is the spread of Covid-19  and would affect all staff, visitors, cleaners, contractors, more vulnerable groups and anyone who physically comes into contact with the business environment. 

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Black Lives Matter

Friday 19th June 2020

The tragedy and distress that we have witnessed in communities within US, UK and across the world over recent weeks has been appalling, and we at Avenues fully support the call for the urgent and systemic change. Black lives matter.

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CQC report on COVID-19 deaths – Avenues response

CQC report on COVID-19 deaths – Avenues response

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

The CQC’s findings are a tragic demonstration of the consequences of the current COVID testing arrangements for people with learning disability and autism. The current prioritisation of elderly people in care homes neglects the risks faced by younger vulnerable people who live in our communities, whose lives are equally valuable.

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New Covid-19 testing plan urgently needed

New Covid-19 testing plan urgently needed

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Avenues is concerned that the lives of the people the organisation supports are being put at risk through their omission from the Government’s current Covid-19 testing programme. The majority of our service users have multiple or complex health needs, which put them at heightened susceptibility to the disease.

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Behind the Mask

Friday 22nd May 2020

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on kindness, which is fundamental to how we do things at Avenues. For one employee what began as a kind gesture towards a family member has snowballed into an extraordinary personal project to help her colleagues and even local businesses…

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Matthew’s creativity helps him understand life under Covid lockdown

Thursday 7th May 2020

Life under lockdown and the impact of COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone but for people with a learning disability and those that support them there can be an added level of challenge. For many not being able to attend the usual activities can be confusing.

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Government release COVID-19 ‘action plan for adult social care’, Jo Land comments

Thursday 16th April 2020

This action plan could not have come soon enough; alongside NHS colleagues, Avenues staff and those in the wider care sector are doing a truly exceptional job during these most testing of times, showing huge professionalism, composure and dedication to ensure the safety of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

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Egg hunts, tasty treats and a floral surprise: Easter at Avenues

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Despite a UK-wide lock down people across Avenues services spent an active weekend celebrating Easter. Although a difficult time for many, having to be away from family and loved ones, staff rose to the challenge and organised everything from Easter egg hunts to making innovative decorations.

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Avenues’ needs you! COVID-19 and Fast-Track recruitment

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Have you ever thought of supporting someone with a learning disability? During the COVID-19 pandemic we are operating an Fast-Track recruitment process. This includes video interviewing and e-learning before you start, which means we can get you supporting people that need you as soon as possible.

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Steve James retires

Friday 27th March 2020

Today we bid a fond farewell to our ex-Chief Executive Steve James who is officially leaving Avenues after over 25 years. Steve founded Avenues, which was previously Kelsey Care, in 1999 and proudly shaped it into the person-centred organisation it is today, consistently putting people we support first.

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COVID-19: Coronavirus: Avenues response

COVID-19: Coronavirus: Avenues response

Friday 13th March 2020

The Avenues Group is committed to taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), in order to protect both the people we support, employees and visitors. This is a rapidly developing situation and in line with current advice from Public Health England and World Health Organisation…

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Michael’s gardening experience – Part 2

Wednesday 12th February 2020

As part of his Avenues support plan Michael works regularly in a horticulture project in Kent. In this film he shows us around the project, gives an insight into his work and tells us why the project and support is so beneficial for him.

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National Apprenticeship Week – Brendan’s story; from football to Avenues

Friday 7th February 2020

An apprenticeship helped Brendan Owusu-Ansah move from the football field to the Avenues office. Between 2010 and 2016 Brendan Owusu-Ansah’s daily routine consisted of several hours of morning training on a football field, lunch with team-mates and a rigorous gym workout in the afternoon.

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Michael’s gardening experience bears fruit

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

“I like to get my hands dirty, the feeling of soil on my hands” says Michael, rubbing his palms. Walking around a greenhouse filled with seedlings and saplings, Michael has no problem enthusiastically identifying plant types “We grow lots of plants in here”, he says. He looks inquisitively at one with varying coloured leaves…

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New Group CEO for Avenues

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Jo Land has been appointed by trustees as the new Group Chief Executive of Avenues. Jo has worked for Avenues since October 2000, and was previously Group Deputy Chief Executive, in addition to her role as Director of Organisational Development. She had been leading the organisation on an interim basis since the departure of previous CEO Steve James in 2019. 

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Restraint of people with learning disability – Avenues response

Restraint of people with learning disability – Avenues response

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

This statement is our response to the news that the use of restraint on adults with learning disabilities in hospital units in…

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Support teams as extended family

Support teams as extended family

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Giving someone quality support depends on understanding them as an individual – their specific needs, what they like, what they…

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‘It Takes 2’ tropical party brings people together

‘It Takes 2’ tropical party brings people together

Monday 10th September 2018

It was another successful event for the Avenues’ Lottery-funded ‘It Takes 2’ (IT2) project recently as they teamed up with…

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Kindness and understanding count

Kindness and understanding count

Friday 7th September 2018

Nigel and Mandy Mullett’s daughters, Tori and Emily, have been supported by Avenues for ten years. Nigel shared their insights…

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The effect of respect in support work

The effect of respect in support work

Thursday 23rd August 2018

The impact good support has on people’s lives can be extraordinary, and produce results that were never thought possible. The…

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Schools understanding disability through sports partnership

Schools understanding disability through sports partnership

Tuesday 21st August 2018

The annual Royal Hospital School (RHS) and Avenues Games in Ipswich, is a chance for those supported by Avenues in…

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Praise for ‘wonderful’ new transition service.

Praise for ‘wonderful’ new transition service.

Monday 6th August 2018

Commissioners and family members have praised a new Avenues transition service in Bexleyheath. The house, comprising three flats and separate…

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Evaluation of equality and diversity training demonstrates value at Avenues

Evaluation of equality and diversity training demonstrates value at Avenues

Thursday 2nd August 2018

New data, taken from managers’ feedback on our equality and diversity training demonstrates the value and positive impact it has…

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Supporting Charley – a Transforming Care case study

Supporting Charley – a Transforming Care case study

Friday 1st June 2018

Avenues has supported a young woman with autism to end nine years of medication and depression in a psychiatric hospital…

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Video: Supporting Lynda

Video: Supporting Lynda

Tuesday 29th May 2018

At Avenues, sometimes because of the complex nature of what we do, we often hear the phrase ‘small steps are…

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Award-winning Avenues project continues to inspire and motivate

Award-winning Avenues project continues to inspire and motivate

Tuesday 24th April 2018

‘Increased confidence’ and ‘being more connected in the community’ are just some of the participants comments reported in second year…

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Gender Pay Gap Data 2017

Gender Pay Gap Data 2017

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Avenues is a not-for profit organisation which works with people with autism, learning disability, and multiple or complex needs. Our…

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It Takes 2 study reveals successes and limitations

It Takes 2 study reveals successes and limitations

Thursday 22nd February 2018

The need for sustainable community engagement has been highlighted in the third discussion paper from the Avenues Big Lottery funded…

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Praise for development of complex service

Praise for development of complex service

Monday 6th November 2017

Our newly-developed property at Amis Avenue opened its doors to partners from Surrey County Council, NHS England and the Voluntary…

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Rob’s Blog: My trip to see Man United

Rob’s Blog: My trip to see Man United

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Rob, who is supported by Avenues, talks about his recent trip to Manchester, and how it gave him the chance…

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Jim’s blog: It Takes 2 – ‘All That Jazz’

Jim’s blog: It Takes 2 – ‘All That Jazz’

Tuesday 1st August 2017

As part of my list of ‘things to do’ in 2017 I rashly decided to sign up for a weekly…

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IiP recognises Avenues as great employer

IiP recognises Avenues as great employer

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Avenues has been awarded a silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard demonstrating our commitment to high performance through…

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John Taylor, Avenues Trustee, commended for work in the community

John Taylor, Avenues Trustee, commended for work in the community

Tuesday 25th July 2017

John Taylor, Avenues Trustee received a commendation at Sevenoaks District Council’s Making it Happen Awards. Martin Chittell, Practice Development Lead…

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Luke’s story

Luke’s story

Thursday 13th July 2017

When Luke* first came to Avenues East he was suffering from depression and did not want to leave the security…

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A positive behaviour support approach to vision

A positive behaviour support approach to vision

Thursday 25th May 2017

Avenues Practice Development team are working in collaboration with The National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to raise awareness and…

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Sophie’s blog: It Takes 2

Sophie’s blog: It Takes 2

Thursday 11th May 2017

Sophie, ambassador for Avenues project It Takes 2, blogs about her experience of the project and what she enjoys about…

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How we support people moving out of long-stay hospitals

How we support people moving out of long-stay hospitals

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Andrea Wiggins, New Project Director at Avenues talks about how we work with people moving out of long-stay hospitals, and…