Providing not just housing, but homes.
BEAM Housing Association Ltd. has been providing housing for its members since 2006, giving them the opportunity to live independently, in a supported environment, and to maximise their role within the community.
Current accommodation includes Respite Facilities (Idrone Lodge), Supported Living (Dolmen House) and Independent Living (An Clos).
Our formal mission statement is “that all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community, and have the opportunity to participate effectively”.
We envisage a society where everyone belongs – and where the uniqueness and innate value of each individual is celebrated, supported and acknowledged as essential to the completeness of the broader community.
The values that underpin our housing services
Dignity and Respect: We embrace the uniqueness and the wishes of each individual, and never seek to impose a ‘one size firs all’ solution.
Personalised: We facilitate and support people to develop their own unique pace, in pursuit of a meaningful lifestyle based on their own particular levels of ability.
Partnership: We work in partnership with our member, their families and all the other relevant stakeholders to facilitate and support the best possible outcomes for the individual.
Community: We facilitate and support people who use our services to embrace and contribute to the communities in which they live, playing as full and as rich a life as possible.
Our Housing Services in action
Dignity Respite Breaks: Many parents, siblings and carers of adults with intellectual disabilities and autism experience significant challenges over extended periods – as well as regular and often severe stress. In response to this, BEAM Housing provides respite evening and weekend breaks to its members.
Respite is not just about a break for parents and carers – it also provides positive opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities to interact with their peers, to achieve a measure of independence and to enjoy relationships with people outside their immediate family circle.
It can also facilitate a transition pathway to independent, though perhaps supported living in later years.
Alternative Respite: Having identified the need for more creative forms of respite to its members and their families, the service was successful, in 2013, in a joint application with Cairdeas Service, Tullow for Genio funding.
This allowed us to provide alternative forms of respite for three key groups:
In home respite: For some members, leaving the secure environment of their home to stay over in our respite house may be counterproductive. In such cases, it can be more appropriate for support staff to come into the member’s home and look after him or her or her member in familiar surroundings.
Emergency Respite: By their very nature, emergencies cause untold stress on members and their families. BEAM recognises the need to have a contingency plan in place so that families can access respite in case of an emergency.
Social Club: Opportunities for members to access social activities with their peers outside BEAM’s opening hours can be difficult. This service works with members to plan social outings of the group’s choosing and to provide the support required, be it staffing, transport etc.
Idrone Lodge (Supported Living House)
Dolmen House is designed on a Supported Living Model for people with intellectual disabilities or cognitive impairments. Key concepts of the Supported Living Model include choice, involvement and the provision of supports to assist the members to access and participate in typical activities and functions of community life.
Flexible Support Worker (Independent Living)
Flexible Support is a service which supports adults with intellectual disability to live independently. The support is planned and reviewed with the member on an ongoing basis. It is time limited, as some people only need a short amount of support time, while others may require more. Usually, the support reduces over time as the original need for support is addressed, and the member develops the skills and confidence to live a more independent life.
Having one Support Worker as a main point of contact ensures that there is less confusion for the members, and they are able to access all necessary services though their dedicated worker. The service is user friendly, featuring home visits or local visits, while the expertise of the Support Worker is always at hand – whether face-to-face or via phone call.