Sycamore House is a large newly-refurbished three-storey semi-detached house. The top storey has a large attic bedroom with en-suite facilities and a small office for managers. The middle floor comprises of three bedrooms for the other three residents and a shared bathroom. The ground floor comprises of a lounge, equipped with sofas, TV, and music facilities; the staff office; a large fully-equipped kitchen/dining room; a utility and laundry area; and shower/wet-room. The house is also equipped with an internal lift and can provide full access to individuals with physical disabilities. There is a garden to the rear of the home equipped with garden table and chairs. The home has internet access and cable TV. The house is nicely decorated and well-maintained. All residents have their own bedroom and can personalise it to suit their needs, including taking an active role in choosing the décor and colour scheme. Residents meetings and reviews are usually held in the front lounge.
Sycamore House provides accommodation and support to vulnerable young people with emotional, behavioural, and/or mental health/learning difficulties. The home can accommodate a maximum of four young people aged from 16 up to the age of 18 years, both male and female. Young people can remain beyond the age of 18 years on the condition that they undergo a DBS check and have a Pathway Plan detailing their transition which has been agreed with the relevant Local Authority. The low number of residents ensures that each young person receives a high level of staff support to meet individual need.
Management and Staffing
Shanice began working as a Health Care Assistant in 2011. She has since worked as a Support Worker and as a Team Leader in children’s homes with children and young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, progressing to Deputy Manager level. She joined the Sycamore House team as Project Manager in June 2018.