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
Michael has worked in the care sector since 2002. He has worked in various settings, including community contexts with adults and children (e.g. with housing services and gypsy/travelling families) and in residential children’s homes. He was previously the Registered Manager of a children’s home and has the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management Children & Young People’s Services.
In addition to the House Manager there are five Residential Support Workers (RSW’s). Two members of staff work permanent Waking Nights, so that the house is staffed day and night.