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Liverpool is to see the launch of a pioneering £10m project pipeline that will provide assisted living and training to help people with mental health issues get a foothold back into society. 

Generation Living is a new venture and is a partner organisation of Bootle-based training provider Training Strategies (TSL), one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships and pre-employment training in the North West. 

Traditional assisted living models have been around for many years. They provide accommodation for people with disabilities or prolonged mental health issues, along with a level of support provided by a registered care provider.

BASIC SUPPORT 

However, according to head of safeguarding at Generation Living, Victoria Deacon, too many assisted living projects offer no more than basic support and don’t actually provide a route to a more independent and sustainable life. 

She explained: “Many projects are well intended but often the support only goes as far as making sure a resident is looking after themselves – things such as making sure they are taking medication or they have enough food. 

“Our model will go much further than that. Utilising our expertise as a training provider, we want to offer people a purpose-built, secure place to liveand a range of skills to enable them to lead more fulfilling lives. Often they feel excluded from society, even under assisted living. We aim to change that.”

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

Generation Living has already secured three properties in North Liverpool which, in total, will offer accommodation and training for more than 30 people. 

One of the projects also includes a number of commercial units and Generation Living is in discussions with occupiers about offering employment or placement opportunities for its service users. 

Victoria added: “We believe this is a genuinely transformational model and a new blueprint for assisted living across the UK. We are combining social housing with individualised programmes that provide personal development and work-related skills. 

“It is a collaborative programme that will see us work with care providers, social housing providers, local authorities and local businesses to bring people who have been excluded back into the community.”

GROWING LAW FIRM DTM LEGAL TAKES SPACE AT NO 4 ST PAUL’S SQUARE IN LIVERPOOL 

One of the North West’s most dynamic and fast-growing law firms, DTM Legal, is to open an office at No 4 St Paul’s Square in Liverpool. 

Building owner Aberdeen Standard Investments has secured a 10 year lease with DTM, which operates out of Liverpool and Chester, for a third-Boor suite at No 4 St Paul’s totalling 3.025 sq ft. 

NE W OCCUPIERS 

No 4 is amongst the city’s premier business addresses, and offers some of the last remaining grade A accommodation in Liverpool’s central business district. DTM is one of a number of professional occupiers that have signed up for space over the past 12 months. 

Planning consultancies Gleeds and Pegasus have all moved in to the building and, in the last few weeks, it has also been revealed that co-working workspace venture, Avenue HQ, is to take 23,000 sq ft across two floors. 

DTM joins a growing network of established, professional and dynamic businesses choosing to make No4 St Paul’s Square their base, including gas safety specialist Gas Tag, global insurance broker Marsh, and banking group Santander’s small business incubator. 

DECADE OF SUCCESS 

Celebrating a decade in business, DTM offers legal advice and expertise across a number of areas of the law, including corporate & commercial, dispute resolution, commercial property, residential conveyancing, construction, employment, trust & estates, business recovery and agriculture. 

In the latest Legal 500, the UK’s definitive guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the country, the firm achieved a total of nine rankings, including a top tier award and three new entries, as well as name checks for 17 of its solicitors. 

TOP TIER 

Anna Duffy from DTM, said: “No 4 St Paul’s is a fantastic space – the best Liverpool has to offer – and we are delighted to be taking up residence here. Aberdeen Asset Management offers not just a great physical space , but also a lifestyle for our people through it’s efforts to create a creative, progressive, collaborative environment and its commitment to the wellness agenda. 

“As we celebrate our 10th birthday, DTM is on an upward trajectory. Our year-on­-year turnover has grown by more than 30% and the first half of 2018 saw a 65% increase in turnover compared to the same period last year. 

“We realised we needed to move into a space that could accommodate our growth and No 4 St Paul’s fits the bill perfectly.” 

PROGRESSIVE APPROACH 

Agents Worthington Owen acted for DTM and CBRE acted for Aberdeen in securing the deal. Neil Kirkham, area director at CBRE in Liverpool, said: “This letting is a real coup for No 4 St Paul’s. DTM Legal is one of the fastest-fas-growing law firms in the North West. 

“Thanks to the progressive approach from Aberdeen, No 4 St Paul’s offers both a fantastic physical space and a healthy and positive environment – a winning combination and up to the high standards now demanded by the modern occupier. 

“The accommodation here is filling up fast but there is still an opportunity for forward looking occupiers to become part of the 4 St Paul’s Square success story.”

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