New HQ for Stratford firm delivering vital support to disabled adults

Avon Support, an organisation which provides vital help for disabled adults in Stratford, has moved to a new headquarters in the town which will help it provide its services even more efficiently.

The organisation has left its former home in Western Road for a new site at Crown Buildings, in Alcester Road, a fully-accessible ground-floor setup which is much better suited to its needs.

Avon Support was formed in 2011 by social workers Sue Courtney and Marie Soros to provide a variety of services to disabled adults, including supported living, which allows clients to live independently and safely in their own homes.

It also offers day-time activities such as cooking, education courses and volunteering placements, as well as regular holidays, weekends and nights away to allow carers to take a break.

The majority of adults who use the service are referred to Avon Support by Warwickshire County Council and the NHS, based on an assessment of their needs.

“Everyone is really chuffed with the new building. We are so central here, which is key so people have easy access to all the facilities in Stratford town centre,” said Sue.

“There is a huge gap in social care at the moment as there aren’t enough service providers. The fact that we’re in a position to move to new premises shows we’re doing well.

“The key to our success is staying small and local. If you are good, you can get flooded with referrals and your ability to deal with them becomes compromised.

“We’re small, we know our area and we know our customers, so we’re never overstretched. This is very important to us.”

The new site also has a garden, providing another vital outlet for the adults who use the service – some of who volunteer to maintain the flowerbeds at the nearby Stratford-upon-Avon railway station, recently winning a Britain in Bloom award for their efforts.

Plans are also afoot to develop an exercise and massage room for physically disabled adults and the site also boasts an exercise and massage room, where an aromatherapist and sports physio assistant offer services to clients.

“We fund the activities we do because it’s important for disabled people to get out and about alongside members of the community. We think it is a really valuable service,” added Sue.

Leamington-based commercial property consultants ehB Reeves secured the letting of Crown Buildings for Avon Support.

Senior surveyor Jonathan Blood (pictured) said: “Avon Support is an important and well-used service in Stratford and we’re delighted to have played our part in getting Sue, Marie and the service users into their new home.

“The new site is 4,800 sq ft in size and the layout is far better suited to the organisation’s needs than what they had before.”

More information on Avon Support is available on its website.

Our Surveying Team

Jonathan Blood

Jon is as assistant surveyor and an associate member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.  He is currently undertaking the APC with a view to becoming a fully qualified chartered surveyor in the near future. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) degree from Sheffield University Jon started his career in Residential Agency whereby he became a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and subsequently also successfully completed a BTEC in Residential Lettings Management.  Having made the transition to commercial property , he started out as an office agent in Birmingham focusing on both the city and out of town markets. Areas Jon cover include: Commercial Agency, Acquisitions and Commercial Property Management.

Scott Blake

Scott is a Chartered Surveyor having worked in general practice surveying in the West Midlands area since 1991and mainly within the Coventry and Warwickshire area. He has a wide range of experience dealing with commercial property matters including professional valuation services for private and corporate clients, other professional work including rent reviews, lease renewals, business rate appeals as well as commercial agency investment acquisitions and disposals. Scott is a director of ehB Reeves.

Simon Hain

Simon Hain has worked as a commercial property consultant in Leamington Spa since 1984 and has been very active within the local community and is a former chairman of Leamington and District Round Table and trustee of various local charities. Simon specialises in Commercial Agency, Development, Acquisitions and Corporate Property Advice and is a director of ehB Reeves.

Nick Evans

Nick is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in Leamington Spa since 1992. Born in Warwick, Nick is a Fellow of the RICS, Registered Valuer, RICS Accredited Mediator and former Chairman of the RICS Coventry and Warwickshire Local Association. Nick generally concentrates on Valuation and Professional / Landlord and Tenant work as well as Investments and Corporate Property Advice for clients and is a director of ehB Reeves.  

Nigel Grugeon

Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 years' experience in General Practice. Originally with a background in commercial property he has for many years concentrated on providing general consultancy advice to his many charity clients throughout the UK, occasionally involving properties in Ireland, France, Belgium and Italy. Nigel’s work covers a wide range of activities associated with charity owned properties which include the sales and acquisitions of substantial Estates, of properties in the healthcare and education sectors as well as development land and conventional domestic residences. Formerly based in the City of London, Nigel joined Reeves & Partners in 2010 adding his many clients to the firm's already substantial charity client base.

Phil Harvey

Having joined Reeves & Partners in 2011, Phil has over 18 years’ experience in the Property industry specialising in Commercial Property Management. Phil works closely with a wide range of clients including private investment companies, pension fund operators and religious organisations advising on all aspects of Property and asset management. Phil is an experienced and valued member of the Property Management team and has acted across a wide range of property sectors including residential, industrial, office and retail. Outside of the office, Phil enjoys music, reading and Formula One.

Richard Pomfret

Richard is a Chartered Surveyor with approaching 40 years’ experience in the Coventry, West Midlands and Warwickshire areas and has a wide knowledge of general practice surveying disciplines. He was a partner with Locke and England when the firm sold to Lloyds Bank in 1987, and subsequently a director of Innes England running the Coventry office. Now based in Leamington Spa he heads up the firm’s agency, valuation and professional work and acts for a number of Charity organisations, for which the firm has particular expertise. Richard lives in Leamington Spa and is married with two children. Having retired as a rally co-driver slower pastimes now prevail including tennis, golf and fell walking.

Stuart Gregory

Stuart heads our property management department working closely with clients to maximise returns from their property assets. He advises a number of private investors, high net worth individuals, property companies, pension funds and organisations with a charitable status, dealing with all aspects of the management of their property investments. Stuart is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in Landlord & Tenant and general practice work in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. He joined Reeves & Partners in 2001 and is a Director of the firm.  

Sam Hain

Sam Hain joined us in the summer of 2017, shortly after graduating from the University of the West of England, Bristol with a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations

Sam started work in asset management department, working as a graduate asset manager and will soon be starting his assessment of professional competence (APC) - the on-the-job training scheme graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor.

Sam grew up in Warwickshire and attended Warwick School and outside of work, he enjoys playing golf and football and is a Coventry City supporter.