A service as unique as you

Karbon Homes strives to support people with learning disabilities to live full, independent and enjoyable lives. Our services range from support provided direct by Karbon support staff to partnership working with a range of local support providers.

We work hard to establish trusting relationships with individuals and their families, tailoring our support and housing management service to meet the specific needs of each individual. You don’t need to live in a Karbon home to use our support services – we can support you regardless of where you choose to live.

If you or someone you know has a learning disability and is in need of support, and would like to find out more about the range of services we offer, please contact us and ask to speak to a team leader in either our supported housing operations team or our supported housing projects team.

If you manage your own personal budget for support services, visit our managing your support page for more detail on the services we offer.

Want to work with Karbon?

If you are a support provider and are interested in working with Karbon, you can contact us or visit our about us section to learn more about Karbon, our purpose and our vision.

Case studies

Angela at Sherringham House

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Angela is one of fifteen new tenants at Sherringham House and surprised her family when she told them she would like to move out of her family home and lead a more independent lifestyle.

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Angela, who had just turned 30 years old, could see all her friends moving on in different ways with their lives and felt it was her time to make a change.

After lots of discussions with her social worker, support staff and parents it was decided that Concierge Plus would be perfect for Angela’s needs and enable her to live the independent lifestyle she desperately wanted.

Angela was excited when she was put forward for Sherringham House as it was close to family members and to her work place. She was looking forward to having her own space, although some aspects like being alone and cooking meals every day were slightly daunting.

Since moving in, Angela has proved she is more than capable of dealing with most daily tasks and as a result her support hours have been reduced which has been a massive confidence boost for Angela.

Angela says she is so pleased she took the risk of trying something new and has never looked back. She hopes she can stay in Sherringham House forever and says, “The best thing about living at Sherringham House is having my own space, making new friends and having the option to do things with other people without having to leave the building.”

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Christopher at Willow Court

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This is Christopher – he was the first tenant at Willow Court, our recently completed Concierge Plus scheme for people with a learning disability.

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Prior to his move, Christopher lived in private rented accommodation in the west end of Newcastle. His home was in disrepair which was affecting his physical and mental health. Christopher maintained his tenancy there for nine years with some support from family before being put forward as a suitable candidate for Willow Court. The prospect of a new home close to his parents was very exciting for both him and them. As Christopher lived locally, he was able to watch the progress of his new home being built before being given his move-in date.

Christopher takes pride in his new flat which is beautifully decorated and he likes to spend lots of his time on his large balcony area which overlooks the extensive communal garden.

He likes the social aspects of Willow Court such as taking part in resident activities, takeaway nights and karaoke. He is liked by all his neighbours at the scheme and has made some good friends. Away from Willow Court, Christopher is the main volunteer at Scope in Jarrow and also spends lots of time socialising with family and friends.

Concierge staff have said Christopher has fitted in so well to his new home and is the life and soul of the place. He is always looking after his neighbours and loves entertaining everyone. It is obvious that his physical and mental health have both improved since moving to Willow Court in April this year.

Christopher says he loves his new home and would recommend this style of accommodation to everyone.

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Making a difference for Katy and Shona

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Katy Brown and Shona Mack are happy living independently, thanks to a little help from the Karbon supported housing projects team.

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Katy has autism and ADHD, while Shona also has autism and both women also have epilepsy.

Before moving into their Karbon home Katy had lived at home all of her life but her mum thought it was time that she became a little more independent. Shona, on the other hand, moved to Northumberland with her family from Scotland six years ago. Shona shared a place with two other young women and was happy, but circumstances changed and Shona and her parents felt that a move would be beneficial to her.

Katy and Shona’s families were introduced and the girls seemed to be well matched, so the hunt began for a new home for them to share together. Both families were very apprehensive about the move.

The families found a Karbon property in Bedlington, advertised through Northumberland Homefinder, and applied for the two young women to share it with support. Jan Blair, housing officer from the supported housing projects team at Karbon, met both families and discussed the process with them all, talking them through it step by step. Obviously, both families had concerns, but Jan answered their questions and put their minds at rest.

The girls now happily share their Karbon home, living independently supported by Equal Partnerships and Karbon. Both sets of parents agree that Karbon has really made a difference. Both parents and the care staff are delighted the girls now have a secure and safe home to call their own.

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