Passionate about independent living
Active Prospects' staff work together with around 300 people who need support each year, such as vulnerable adults and people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs, acquired brain injuries, sensory impairment and Asperger's Syndrome to facilitate choice, freedom and control over their lives and to help them achieve aspiring things.
Our supported living services provide independent living to people in a wide range of flats and shared accommodation, directly provided by Active Prospects and other landlords, or in people's own homes. This ranges from round-the-clock one-to-one support to a few hours targeted support each week, shaped by the person. Our eight residential care homes across Surrey provide expert, 24/7 support for people with profound and complex difficulties. A short breaks service operates in East Surrey providing support to young people between 18 and 30 years who have a learning disability and we also offer transitional services for young people and adults moving from residential and hospital settings into the community to enable them to become as independent as possible.
Active Prospects is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Our turnover is £7million a year and we have a strong portfolio of properties, largely owned but also rented in partnership with housing associations and private landlords.
We have been established for nearly 30 years and we were initially set up to manage former NHS Learning Disability services. We are mainly based in the east and mid-Surrey area, covering Horley, Redhill, Reigate, Caterham, Banstead, Epsom and Ewell as well as surrounding areas including Croydon. We are commissioned primarily by Surrey County Council, but also by Croydon Borough Council and a number of other London Boroughs; West Sussex County Council and health trusts as well as people paying directly for services.
In 2016 in conjunction with our Pro-Active Committee we updated our name from Prospect Housing and Support Services to reflect a more proactive approach, with a new strategy and service offers and became Active Prospects.
"Our daughter is going to a regular place where she is learning everyday skills in a fun way that she enjoys; where she has choice and is being encouraged to do things for herself instead of being "looked after"; where she can make friends of her own instead of depending on us and this is fantastic." Parent 2014
Shaping Services Together
People We Support are at the forefront of everything Active Prospects does. Our group committee of people we support - the Pro-Active Committee - is heavily involved in all aspects of the organisation, providing an important voice for those who we support.
Our Pro-Active Committee meets every two weeks and considers key developments, new policies, future strategies, service performance and improvements. The Committee sits alongside our Board and Board Members attend meetings quarterly to ensure they are accountable for putting the priorities and recommendations of the Pro-Active Committee into action.
Pro-Active is certainly a fitting name for the group, who frequently also get out into the community for events such as car boot sales, sponsored walks, cake sales and day trips. The money they fundraise is totally controlled by them for the benefit of the people we support.
The Pro-Active Committee is an important cornerstone for the whole of Active Prospects and makes a huge impact on our day-to-day operation and future plans.