Cambridge Pringle Group

Antony Cullup

History and structure of the Cambridge Pringle Group (CPG)

CPG is a registered charity and a limited company established in 1993 in partnership with Cambridge County Council and Cambridge Housing Society.

CPG’s objective is to provide relief and support of sufferers from schizophrenia and other related conditions and their families. The objective was expanded in 2011 to include other adults that have support needs.

Over the next decade the organisation grew, in 2009 Colin Marshall became the Chairman of the Board following on from Dr Ron Ryall who had served for almost 15 years.

Board of Trustees- there has always been a steady and dependable board that staff and residents are able to approach, 3 of the board members have a direct relative living in our properties.

Current Trustees are:

Collin Marshall — Board Chair

Rob Powell- Company Secretary

Elizabeth Huelin- retired ward sister

Richard Jephson- Solicitor

Ruth Cocksedge-Clinical Psychologist

Ian Crowther- Care manager CCC

CPG’s accommodation have included:

Pringle House 13 beds- (now called 14 Ribston Way) a purpose built 13 bedded shared house that was initially a registered care home.

Milton Road- 4 beds shared house that was demolished in April 2014; currently 8 shared ownership flats are being built on the site; planned completion date January 2015.

The Rowans, Milton- 4 beds shared house

Butt Lane, Milton -4 beds shared house

Maitland Avenue -2 one bed flats

Green End Road -4 one bed  flats

Primary Court -3 one bed houses

Sommerville Court- 1 flat

Two other flats that have been sold

Burton End, Haverhill- 3 beds shared house

1 School Court — City Council property that we lease- 3 beds shared accommodation

Cemetery Lodge — City Council property that we lease 5 beds shared accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

History of CPG over last 5 years:

We grew over the next two years and established a well trained committed staff team that provided 3 types of support:

  • Pringle House - supported accommodation with staff on site 7 days week for l2hrs a day. There was activities, and classes most days to stimulate and motivate residents.

  • Home and Community -supported residents who were more able in our properties to engage in the wider community and to assist in there recovery and well being.

  • Complex Case Clients — supporting those in the community (not in our properties) who had greater needs and more complex crossover of diagnosis and behaviour eg - eating disorders, criminal offences, drug and alcohol addictions.

In 2011 we were advised of the County Council intent to reshape the support services provided in Cambridge currently covered by “block contracts”.

In April 2012 support of service users in Pringle House was awarded to Granta Housing Association (they were taken over by Metropolitan that same day).

6 months later (November 2012) following a second preferred provider tendering process all support in our Home and Community and Complex Cases was passed to the Metropolitan Housing Association.

Prior to this process the staff team numbered approx 25 full time equivalent. After process we have 4.5 full time equivalent staff.

Since then we have improved the housing stock and been awarded accredited landlord status (on inspected properties) by Cambridge City Council. We have worked with 3 districts and the HMO inspectors to bring all of our shared houses up to the current required HMO standard (even though we don’t have to). Working with city council on the empty homes scheme, to turn vacant semi derelict privately owned houses into social housing.

We are also building 8 shared ownership flats on a site we already owned- they are due to be completed January 2015.

Developing (currently seeking planning permission) a annex to an existing property for a physically and mentally disabled adult requiring 24/7 care. (available in 2017)

We have expanded the client groups we work with to encompass wider range of adults who require supported accommodation.

We now house adults:

  • At risk of mental health deterioration — under 25s service

  • Women at risk / have been victims of domestic violence

  • Learning disability services

  • Respite Care

Support Service

After two tenders (Pringle House and community support) CPG had no contract with County council to provide support. However, service users who are paying for their support privately and those with personal budgets (self directed support) can still choose CPG as their support provider.

The aim was to deliver ourselves with current staff team (all workers were on reduced hours and had capacity) then to use a local company to do holiday cover etc and once we had been asked to deliver sufficient hours to recruit our support staff and build upon this.

Beespoke Support (Martin and Mary Jones) have been delivering the bulk of the hours for us

Antony Cullup