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New care service launched in Barnsley

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A new care service which will help people live as independently as possible is to open in Barnsley thanks to support from Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre.

Bretton Care will open shortly at Maud’s Terrace, Monk Bretton, for people aged between 18 and 65.

The care centre, which has seen the modification of three high specification stone cottages, will assist people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Those living at Bretton Care will be provided with practical learning opportunities and a combination of activities to support relaxation and recreation.

The aim is for residents to maximise their full potential with a support programme built around each individual’s specialist needs.

Bretton Care will focus on enabling residents to grow in confidence and determine their own direction and preferences in a safe environment.

The cottages will offer 24 hour care and support from a committed and motivated staff team supervised by experienced social care professionals.

Julie Link, director, and Patrick Colquhoun, registered manager, who have over 40 years of experience between them are opening the care provision after receiving support through Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) supported by Enterprising Barnsley.

Bretton Care has been supported by specialist business coaches to develop the company’s marketing strategies, branding, operations functions and website.

Julie said:

“The aim is to have a maximum of six residents with staff to support them to live independently within the community and empower them where possible to progress and be a wider part of the community creating a vibrant sense of social inclusion and reducing marginalisation.

“We want to help progress the people we work with in developing independent living skills such as preparing meals and maintaining the properties along with offering education or training either on site or within the local community.

“There is a farm and allotments on site and a potential to develop this so that service users can access it and use it for therapy or work experience.

“This is a new service with huge scope to develop and provide high quality care and support in a creative and unique way based on service users’ specific needs rather than a prescriptive one-size fits all programme.”

Kevin Steel, business development manager at BBIC, said:

“The support BBIC has provided through the Enterprising Barnsley scheme has been wide-ranging and the business now has a very resilient operations manual, a strong brand and an engaging website.

“Along with supporting residents, Bretton Care has also created new jobs which is always good news.”

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Patrick Colquhoun and Julie Link

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