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Simon Pickles launches blog: 'Housing Manager in transition' (June 2013)
Simon describes his journey, started 4 years ago, taking his housing ’offer’ from mainstream housing into the world of social care. The blog appears on this website.

Neighourhood Solutions provides project management services to Prospect Housing (August 2012)bidding successfully to secure Department of Health (SEIF) capital funding to convert 8 rooms in a house with shared facilities, in Caterham, Surrey, into 5 self contained flats for adults with mental ill health. The award of grant was announced in December 2012. Work was completed by the grant deadline of 31 March 2013.

Simon Pickles trains Millat HA board members two years running (September 2012):
The consultancy is an advisor and board trainer to Millat Housing Association, which operates in South London, one of the country's most successful community-based BME housing associations.

Simon Pickles joins Guardian's on line Health and Housing panel - July 2012
All the best advice from the Guardian's live discussion on how housing and health professionals can work closer together:

Neighourhood Solutions provides project management services to East Kent PCT and Kent CC (September 2009 to February 2012):

Opening doors for people with learning difficulties  

OPENING THE DOOR TO A NEW LIFE is a £10 million partnership project, promoting independent living for people with learning disabilities, that is being delivered in East Kent.

NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent, Kent Adult Social Services and selected housing providers (Golden Lanes, Housing 21, mcch, Sanctuary, and Southern Housing) are working together to buy, build or refurbish specialist properties, providing independent accommodation for adults with learning disabilities. Care and support is delivered by a panel of approved service providers (Affinity, Dimensions, mcch and Turning Point).


The new properties will enable 62 people who had previously been living in 15 NHS residential homes to move into supported accommodation where they will live independently in their own homes, with support provided 24 hours a day by their dedicated care team.

Each resident will have their own personal care plans, to include stimulating one-to-one activities giving them greater control over their own day-to-day lives.

The properties are being completed on phased basis, with completions starting in January 2010, through to November 2011. The new and refurbished flats have been designed to enable tenants to enjoy tailored bathroom facilities, participate in the preparation of meals, enjoy privacy when that is desired, and the opportunity to socialise with other tenants.

Tony King, Sanctuary’s Group Director - Capital Investments said: “We are delighted to be cementing the long-term partnership we have with NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent by providing much-needed high quality accommodation for local people with learning disabilities.”

Sue Gratton, NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent’s Head of Integrated Commissioning, said: “We are changing the way that people are supported for the better. This means that people live in their own homes and get far greater choice about where they live, who they live with and how they live their lives”.

 Penny Southern, Head of Commissioning Learning Disabilities for KASS, said:
“Everyone should have the right to live in their own home. Supported living brings with it huge improvements in personal choice and quality of life.”

A promotional film about the project ‘Opening the door to a new life’ can be seen by visiting

On site photographs, latest ones taken in 2011, follow:

Tarn Lodge



Appledore Phase 1




Appledore Phase 2





New Gables


Old Dover Road

Blue Warren

Maynard Avenue 




Simon Pickles.


Neighourhood Solutions provides project management services to East Kent PCT and Kent CC (September 2009 to February 2012):

Charles Thorne joins the team as social housing finance consultant (December 2012)
Charles has a wealth of experience in housing association finance and governance, having worked as  Finance Director for Raven Housing Trust and Hastoe, and board member for Green Oak.

Simon Pickles sits on Guardian health and housing panel for online debate (July 2012)

Simon qualifies as project manager (June 2012)
Member of the Association for Project Mangement, MAPM

Excellence case study (2008-2011)
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