Celebrating supported living in a safe and caring environment

A specialist home which provides a safe place to people with mental health problems in Edinburgh, once they leave hospital care, is being officially opened today (Friday May 23).

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Viewpoint housing manager Sandra Brydon, Councillor Ricky Henderson, Faye Mentiplay from Carr Gomm, Viewpoint Chief Executive Dorrie McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Carr Gomm Lucy Wren.

The Drummond Service provides accommodation and intensive skilled support to people with complex needs once they leave the care of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

It opened to residents in November last year and is run by a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, Carr Gomm, NHS Lothian and the Viewpoint Housing Association.

Residents are given personalised help through the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Community Rehabilitation team and Carr Gomm, whose support allows the residents to live the life they want and achieve outcomes which are important to them.

Services provided include becoming involved in the community, overcoming isolation and loneliness or getting involved in volunteering, education or training. Service user Mark said: “This is the safest place I have ever lived and it really feels like home.”

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Health, Social Care and Housing Convener at the Council, said:"We are committed to delivering high quality care and support to the many people who will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives.

"The Drummond Service is an excellent example of successful integrated working with partners, which allows the residents to lead normal and independent lives. It is a model which we hope can be replicated across the city." 

Carr Gomm’s Chief Executive, Lucy Wren, said: “The Drummond Service is proof that high quality, specialist mental health support can be delivered in a community setting, with huge benefits for the people who receive support. Carr Gomm is ready and willing to work with the NHS, local authorities and other partners to deliver more of the same – both here in Edinburgh and across Scotland. Our vision is of a society where everyone has the support they need to live happy and fulfilled lives and we’re committed to making this happen."

Sandra Brydon, Director of Housing at Viewpoint, said:
“Viewpoint is delighted to be working in partnership with Carr Gomm, the Council and the health board in this successful and unique project. There was real collaboration in developing the project and it is now great to hear about the positive outcomes for the residents now living in Drummond Place. This type of successful collaboration and partnership working epitomizes the way we do things at Viewpoint.” 

Tim Montgomery, Director of Operations, Royal Edinburgh Hospital & Associated Services, NHS Lothian, said: "This is a great example of collaborative working that provides opportunities for people with long standing mental health problems to continue their recovery after a stay in hospital."

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