Pringle (2.0) 2012 - 2017

CPG Aims and Objectives for 5 years. 

Pringle 2.0 - Review and revised objectives.


The reference to 2.0 comes from the loss of significant activates, services, colleagues and revenue in 2012. The organisations board have guided the team into a new incarnation of the original Pringle organisation. Pringle is still true to its roots and heritage, the focus is now more defined to housing and diversifying clients primary diagnosis. The direction is to remain financially robust and reduce risk of enforced change happening again. We are working towards a Pringle 3.0 where we will be double if not three times the size, with property spread in a 30 mile radius of Cambridge. Our intention in 3.0 is to again provide support by contract and our own commercial activates.




The Trustees have been added to with 3 new and the appointment of Deputy Board Chair.

During 2014 - 3 residents took their own lives over a very short period of time. The learning from the investigation and high praise from the inquests in early 2015 forged the Pringle Group 2.0.

We no longer seek to bid for support / care contracts - the competition is fierce and unrealistic for the size of our organisation. We will however seek ways of generating income from renting property commercially. This will allow us to deliver support to residents in the most need within our own property, this will ensure we maintain quality (on a small scale) and the ability to go the "extra mile" which was praised so highly by Coroner.

During 2014 - 15 we took a very bold leap to redevelop one of our older properties into flats for shared ownership. During the build phase it was announced that there would be an additional Cambridge Train Station, this was to be built quite close to our development and the valuation of equity soared. After some lengthy consideration it was decided to sell the property's on the open market which we did. After all construction costs etc we have made a healthy profit funding the plans as described below.

Plans
for 2016 / 2017
  • We are starting negotiations with a local housing assn to buy and develop an ex-servicemen's house local to Cambridge.
  • (REVISED June 16 - we have to put on hold due to funding incompatibilities - however we are looking at going it alone in this object.)
  • One property in Ely :- for two young men requiring 121 support 24/7 who have personality disorders and complex learning disabilities
  • .(UPDATE - service opened in May 16 - going well)
  • Ely additional 3-5 bed unit in partnership with Edmund's Trust and Learning Disability Commissioners.
  • (UPDATE June 16 Two additional houses purchased work will be ending in April 2017)
  • (UPDATE OCT 17 All 3 properties open and have 24/7 teams in place)
  • Ely - Working with K9 and the Learning Disability Services to review ongoing funding and stability of the Community Cafe.
  • (UPDATE OCT 17 - No Action to report)
  • Haverhill purchase of large house to provide accommodation and a community facility. The aim is to use this to provide low cost hire for Mental Health peer support services.
  • (REVISED March 16 - property is no longer suitable and we will now convert into a 6 bed HMO for "ready for work" residents)
  • REVISED April 2017 - 107 is now a fully occupied 6 Bed HMO, It is staffed 5 days a week from a satellite Office.
  • (UPDATE OCT 17 - Purchasing of additional 6 bed property to become Intake house)
  • Haverhill Purchase a 3 bed house and use this for move on for residents who have gained employment.
  • (UPDATE - property purchased and currently has a family in need living there on a temporary basis.)
  • (UPDATE OCT 17 Property refurbished but now housing 3 young males with support needs)
  • Haverhill - Possible 5th property for learning disability clients.
  • (REVISED June 16 - we have to put on hold due to tenure incompatibilities)
  • We anticipate the recruitment of 3 full / part time staff over the year.
    • Full time handy-person with vehicle
    • (UPDATE - March 16 - Simon has been recruited and vehicle purchased.)
    • Additional Housing officer for Cambridge - Ely area.
    • Support worker - funded from commercial revenue.
    • REVISED June 16 - Volunteers to be actively recruited in various roles.
    • UPDATE 1 Full time employee recruited and funded by CPG commercial activity
    • (UPDATE OCT 17 Haverhill now has two full time staff delivering housing and support))
  • CPG is still keen to develop a shared ownership scheme and we are in discussion with one family and ex resident who wish to consider this with us.
  • (UPDATE -Unable to proceed due to funds and time restrictions)
  • We have three large garages which we have / are looking at converting to specialist self contained accommodation.
  • (UPDATE - Planning application has been submitted for one of the garages in Milton, Cambridge, April 2017 - we have secured planning and are nnow at tender stage.)
  • (UPDATE OCT 17 Build going well estimated completion Jan 18)

Many thanks go to all the residents, family's, colleagues (old and new)  for making Pringle what it is and what is shall grow into being.

Antony Cullup
Joint Chief Executive