Business hopes to help

Joint MDs of Bespoke Assisted Living Steven and Julie Darby at Hope Enterprise Centre Scot Lane, Wigan.
Joint MDs of Bespoke Assisted Living Steven and Julie Darby at Hope Enterprise Centre Scot Lane, Wigan.

A NEW business has been launched to help disabled people live independently in their own homes.

Bespoke Supported Living has been set up at the Hope Enterprise Centre, on Scot Lane, by carer Julie Darby and her husband Steve.

Julie decided to start the company after being made redundant from her previous job in caring in Liverpool, having heard there was a need for disabled people to be given the chance to live as independently as possible in Wigan.

Husband Steve is in the process of training to help her.

The new organisation recently passed the milestone of being registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be holding an open day at the end of this month to officially launch their vision of care to the Wigan public.

Julie said: “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time now. I want to promote what you can do within the community. There are companies who look after people with learning difficulties, or with mental health problems, and we want to help both groups as well as catering for those with physical needs.

“We also hope that, as well as promoting independent living, we will be able to employ local people to help with the caring work.

“We hope to be employing quite a number of people in the near future, and we will be providing mandatory training as well.”

The new company will rent accommodation from private landlords before putting in place a support network catering to clients’ individual needs, ranging from help with everyday tasks to ensuring they get NHS medical care.

The company are already looking for business by liaising with adult network agencies and an online referral network called The Chest.

Julie says she also hopes to work in partnership with some of the other businesses in the Hope Enterprise Centre.

She said: “There’s one business here on the site which does activities to help vulnerable people make things, and there’s also a company running arts and crafts events for people too, they even make short films.

“We’re all trying to promote independence for vulnerable and disabled people, so hopefully we can work together and promote one another.”

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