Culverdale House opened in 1995, providing supported accommodation for people with mental health difficulties who no longer need 24-hour care, yet still require some support. The long-term aim is that everyone will eventually move into independent accommodation.
There are 22 bedsits/flats in total. This consists of 16 bedsits, all with their own ensuite shower/toilet and sink, sharing a kitchen with up to three others. On the top floor there are four flats with separate lounges and shared kitchens. The lower ground floor has two self-contained, one-bedroom flats. There is a also a laundry room, two communal lounges and each floor has its own separate bathroom.
Events at Culverdale
Each resident's day is based on their own goal-oriented support plan which they work out and agree with staff. They are encouraged to use outside resources, seek employment and take up hobbies or education courses. Staff also arrange house events, such as BBQs and trips to interesting local places, to encourage socialising among the residents and a relaxing change for all those taking part.
Support at Culverdale
The manager and support team are available weekdays between 9am and 5pm. The type of support and amount of time each person receives varies according to their individual needs, and is based on an assessment by staff, health professionals and residents.
Some residents need help with shopping, preparing meals, household chores (including laundry), filling in forms or simply just want company when having a coffee in town. Even if it's for just a few hours a week, residents find that having a dedicated person is, in itself, therapeutic. One described their support worker as a "lifeline".
Applying to live at Culverdale
We request that applications come via the care managers so that they can support applicants through the application process and give them some independent advice. Click here for more information on how to apply to live at Culverdale and details of current vacancies.
A place at Culverdale is funded via a mixture of Supporting People funding, housing benefit, charity reserves and, in some cases, a top-up from the residents themselves.
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