Durham DCA

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St Anne’s currently runs a number of supported living services for people with learning disabilities in the Durham area

Durham services provide personal care to people with learning disabilities who wish to remain independent in their own home.

Alan Gray Court – Newton Aycliffe

Alan Gray Court consists of three spacious bungalows located just outside of Durham City. This service was developed from the Durham and Darlington NHS Trust resettlement programme for six clients. The service provides 24 hour support. A staff team of 20 work across this service and teams have been developed according to the clients preferences and staff’s skills. The service networks with other local agencies such as Behaviour Therapy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy, to ensure clients receive the best health care and support necessary to their changing needs. All staff are trained in bespoke positive behaviour support to best support their changing needs.

Manager: Natalie Lowery


Marwood Park – Durham

What is the ideal model of care for people with learning disabilities? People living in their own tenancies supported by a dedicated and skilful staff team? At Marwood Park in Durham (as in our other services) we think that it is. Six people with severe learning disabilities and some challenging behaviours, living in four well equipped bungalows, have established new lives in the community. After many years spent in a local long stay hospital the clients here have become used to the new opportunities and choices afforded to them by living in the community in their own homes.

They have their own things, watch the telly or listen to music when they want to, go shopping, go to the park …. all this and more. Of course, staff are there to support them and to help them to learn new skills. Because of the level of support required staff are with them 24/7, and probably always will be. But you can see the depth of feeling between the clients and their supporters, this also runs strong and deep – and this is what completes the service.

Registered Manager: Claire McCabe


Portland Avenue – Seaham

Portland Avenue is a purpose built accommodation for 9 clients who need support. We support clients with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health and sensory disabilities.

We also provide an outreach service where staff support clients to go out into the community and to attend appointments.

All staff are the service are excellent with the clients and we provide quality person centred care to all clients.

All clients at Portland have keyworkers. We also have healthy eating champions and clients are encouraged to be healthy by eating well and exercising to their capabilities. We have excellent links with families and professionals.

Clients go on holiday if they wish and have recently been on holidays to Berwick, Torquay and Blackpool all also enjoy day trips in the summer months or for Christmas shopping.

All have monthly meetings and will say where they want to go. The rota’s are based around client needs and wishes.

We are active within the community and have 3 clients who are Sunderland season ticket holders and attend games by using the supporters bus from the local club. 2 of the clients also attend the club weekly to watch the singer and play bingo. One of the clients attends church weekly and is invited to all of the events. Clients go shopping and go to discos and enjoy an active social life. This also includes peoples’ parliament and Rugby training with the local team with one client. At Portland Avenue we also have a quarterly event called the ‘Peoples Voice’ where we discuss various topics with clients which can be health and safety, fire training plus the annual Christmas party

We are proud of the service we provide and strive to ensure our clients and families are happy and lead fulfilling lives.

Registered Manager: Julie Matthewson

Email: julie.matthewson@st-annes.org.uk