LivingWell

LivingWell is an innovative partnership between Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) and South Yorkshire Housing Association.

We believe that no-one should have to move out of their local area just to access specialist mental health or learning disability support.LivingWell

That’s why we’ve teamed up with our specialist local NHS mental health trust to ensure that local people accessing these services have the safety and security of their own home.

LivingWell works with local people to give them the skills they need to live independently in their own fully furnished home. By working alongside a named keyworker all of our customers are involved in developing a personalised support plan which has their best interests at heart.

Trisha’s story

Trisha suffers from a range of mental health conditions including Asperger’s Syndrome, personality disorders and depression. Between 2008 and 2014 Trisha spent nearly five years in out-of-area secure units. After each release she relapsed within a month. This cost the local health and social system around £130,00 a year.

When we first started working with Trisha she lived in a secure unit in Nottingham and was eager to return home to Sheffield.

By working with one of our Tenancy Support Workers we were able to establish up a relationship with Trisha, building up trust and help facilitate a smooth transition to prevent relapse.

We accompanied Trisha to view one of our properties, ensuring it was suitable and met her needs. By liaising with her care team, psychiatrist and social worker we were able to put in place a phased move in period which included overnight stays.

With help from our handyman, Wayne, Trisha was able to personalise her new home with new shelving, curtains and a television bracket.

Her keyworker also facilitated regular engagement with local community services and activities, building a routine to help her manage her anxiety. Trisha eventually got to a stage where she felt confident enough to engage with smoking cessation sessions, and combined with a healthier diet and exercise plan dramatically improved her physical health.

Trisha is now managing her mental health well and lives independently.

We estimate that with help from LivingWell we have been able to save local health and social care services around £50,000 a year.

Find out more

To be eligible for a place with LivingWell you must be aged 18 or over and be living with a learning disability, mental health problem or personality disorder.

You can also find out more by taking a look at our handy factsheet. If you’d like to talk to a member of our friendly team give us a call on 0114 2900 200 or email livingwell@syha.co.uk.