Grace Eyre are very pleased to have taken over the running of Sussex Tikvah that was previously a Residential Care Home run by Norwood.
This change has been made possible through close working between the organisations, the relevant local authorities and Brighton Housing Trust who own the property. The transfer happened on schedule on 20/4/20 and has gone pretty smoothly despite the country being in lock down due to Covid 19.
It means that Jonny, Eleanor, Juliet and Martin can remain living in the house they have lived in for many years supported by Grace Eyre. The Norwood staff have transferred to Grace Eyre and the staff will continue to provide support to everyone who lives in the house.
Grace Eyre know Jonny, Eleanor, Juliet and Martin very well as they have all attended day activities at Montefiore Road and will continue to do so when we are able to open up the service again which we have had to temporarily close due to Covid 19 Social Distancing.
We had a Zoom Meeting with the house before the changes happened so we could talk this through with everyone. There was also a virtual meeting for people’s relatives so they could hear more about the plans and meet the Grace Eyre team. Some people’s family live abroad or a long way from Brighton so a Zoom meeting was a really good way of getting together.
We asked Jonny, Eleanor, Juliet and Martin what they thought about the change in how their house is run:
“I am very happy and very excited about Tikvah merging with Grace Eyre Housing. I think this is a positive move forward” – Jonny
“It is good for Grace Eyre to take over from Norwood. I like it” – Juliet
Eleanor said “It is a lovely idea to have Grace Eyre, I love it because I have all my friends around me and because I know everybody”
Martin told us“I like nice people, staff”
This is great and we at Grace Eyre are looking forward to working with the people who live in the house and the staff team.
Norwood were very helpful during the transfer process and we worked together to make this transfer a success.
Norwood have arranged for the Norwood Jewish Culture Adviser to provide our Grace Eyre team with some training on the Jewish Way of Life which we look forward to hopefully in late June when the lockdown restrictions are eased.
The service will change from being a Residential Care Home to being a Supported Living Service – this means that the people who live in the house will have more rights and will also have some additional responsibilities. They will be supported to manage their tenancies by a Grace Eyre Housing Officer.