The People We Support at our 8 Acre service in Norfolk have played a key role in helping develop the look and feel of the 18 newly refurbished support service flats.

The work forms part of our half a million-pound investment at the site.

The service, currently supporting 17 vulnerable adults, each with a specialist set of support needs, has recently delivered substantial improvements to its grounds and housing facilities, including a new driveway and fencing development, as well as new kitchens and bathrooms in most of its flats.  

The people supported were empowered by registered manager Tara Currie and her team to input into the redecoration of their bedrooms, with themes, colour choices and flooring options, alongside sensory items, and wall furnishings, tailored to their individual needs. 

Tracey, a person we support at the service, said: “I used a paint colour chart to help me choose the colours that I would like to have in my flat and shower room. I chose blue and a pale green because I love the sea, while the brown floor reminds me of the beach. 

“My shower room too was painted in black, yellow and grey to remind me of my favourite insects, bees. I’m really happy that I was allowed to create a place that is perfect, and I can call home.” 

Another supported person, Peter, echoed Tracey’s sentiment in making personal choices for his room. 

He said: “My bedroom colour is a navy blue, which indicates the evening and bedtime to me. My bed is against the window, and I often just look out to the stars in the dark blue sky. I feel very content with the choice of colours for my flat.” 

Further improvements to the 8 Acres site are planned in 2023, with a greenhouse area allowing carers and supported individuals to take part together in planned activities and hobbies. 

The works form part of a wider rejuvenation of the service, which started with the appointment of 23-year care sector veteran Tara Currie as the registered manager to the site last June. 

Tara said: “We’re passionate and dedicated to supporting our young adults to lead rich and fulfilling lives. Having them involved in the design process really made them feel at home in their environment, which, ultimately, alongside the support we provide, is our top priority as adult social care providers.  

“Alongside the work that has gone into changing the look and feel of this site, we have also implemented some great new initiatives, such as our family forum, which enables the families of supported adults to play a huge role in shaping and supporting our services. We’re now looking forward to working on our future projects to progress 8 Acres even further over the coming years.” 

As well as the physical improvements to the site, the service has also recently enjoyed success with one of its supported people moving on to meaningful employment, and another person moving onto a more independent supported living service.  Commenting on the success and improvements at 8 Acres, James Allen, CEO, said: “Investing in our sites is part of a continual improvement programme at National Care Group to enable the people we support to reach their full potential. The services provided at 8 Acres are testament to this