Design Studio Architects design successful Cyber Cafe for Vista Care Home
Since the Cyber Cafe opened on 17th January 2017 the facility has been used by many residents and their families in various ways, every day of the week. Below, Vista have provided us with some examples.
Here are some examples:
- Julie aged 68 years has no sight at all and is learning how to type on the keyboard using the specialist speech software. Julie is also looking into joining companionship websites. She is in the picture at the PC with her cuppa.
- Daphne aged 99 years is always skyping her family in Spain and Norway.
- Jeff skypes his long term girlfriend in Russia.
- Bob aged 96 years with late stage dementia has always been an avid Arsenal fan and watches classic matches with his son on his visits.
- Isabel aged 75 years old with a long career behind her as a touch typist, has no sight and now learning to familiarise herself with the keyboard.
- Peter aged 86 years has limited sight and always busy emailing and skyping his friends and family.
- We have also been able to establish a new partnership with another charity called Learning for the Fourth Age and launched a new project with 8 residents and staff called The Power of Storytelling. The group enjoy making their own hot drinks whilst they spend time researching on the internet and sharing stories round the table.
- A new group spend time searching and listening to music they all enjoy on YouTube.
- We also have some residents who go in the cyber café just to relax and to get some quiet time on their own.
- We now have plans set up a cooking group to utilise the kitchen area and there is also a demand for a multi-faith group.
- Most recently we were able to use the facility to host a big 90th birthday party for Morris. She invited her family and friends who gave us lots of positive feedback about the cyber café being warm and inviting, whilst also being fresh and modern.
Design Studio Architects continues partnership with Vista
A Leicester based architect company will be continuing their partnership with local sight loss charity Vista, following a year of fundraising and exploring design opportunities in order to improve the quality of life for people with sight loss.
Design Studio Architects chose Vista as its Charity of the Year in November 2015. As well as taking part in fundraising activities, the architect firm have donated their time and expertise across a range of projects in Vista’s residential homes.
Most recently, they designed the newly opened Cyber Café at New Wycliffe Home. Thanks to the architect firm’s work, residents can now browse online to feel part of the digital world or communicate with their friends and families who live abroad.
In addition, the firm have presented Vista with a £550 cheque, generated from donating a percentage from all of their domestic project packages throughout 2016.
Paul Bott, Chief Executive at Vista, said “We have completed some incredible projects during our partnership with Design Studio Architects. Vista is an innovative and forward thinking charity, and we’re always striving to design services that ultimately meet the needs of people with sight loss in creative ways.”
“Design Studio Architects are a very friendly and innovative company, who are always open to new ways of working with us. We are delighted that they will be continuing to support us.”
Keshiv Sudera, Managing Director at Design Studio Architects, said “We fully appreciate the importance the built environment can have on an individual with sight loss. It has been a pleasure to work with Vista, and we look forward to working on more projects in the future.”
Design Studio Architects is a RIBA Chartered practice specialising in both residential and commercial planning and design.
For more information about fundraising opportunities with Vista email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 249 8801
National Dementia Care Awards 2016
For the 7th consecutive year the National Dementia Care Awards returned to celebrate the very best people in Dementia Care, culminating in our prestigious Awards Presentation Dinner at the Brighton Centre. On the 3rd November we were proud to highlight excellence in all parts of the sector and to have the opportunity to reward those who continue to work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care.
Design Studio Architects were recently nominated as 1 of 5 in the Best Interior Dementia Design 2016 category. Although the team did not win, the team is very proud of their achievements for a national award of this nature/ The team put a lot of hard work into understanding the issues related to dementia care and feel the inspiring space leaves a positive mark on the Vista Wycliffe Centre, Leicester.
A big congratulations to all those who won and were nominated.
To read more about the event and all those involved visit http://www.careinfo.org/dementia-awards-2016/
Design Studio Architects are proud to announce that we are now accredited by ISO9001 for our quality management system. An auditor from CQS confirmed the award for us on Thursday 3rd November 2016, this enables us to continue delivering the best possible service for our clients.
The system helps us to make sure that our services are looked at internally and externally to ensure consistency remains across all areas within the company.
Best Architectural Practice – Leicestershire
& Best Midlands Self Build Project: Stoughton Drive South
Design Studio Architects produce designs of the highest quality,offering full architectural services for a wide range of projects,
from residential extensions, bespoke homes, commercial schemes, retail, healthcare schemes to interior design for both
private and public sector clients. Keshiv outlines how the firm achievesquality for its clients.
“Our approach to design is responsive. We listen to and understand the client’s problem, and the cultural and social context around it, before developing a solution that fits. “Throughout the project we work in an open and structured way that enables everyone to input at the appropriate time.
“We apply intense analysis and commitment to our client’s projects and believe
in good design, as this can transform the most functional brief, bringing
benefits to the user and wider environment.”As a final comment, Keshiv explains what sets the firm apart from its competitors
and marks it out as the best option for its clients.
“With a small team of hard working, skillful staff, Design Studio Architects offers the expertise and professional level of service you would expect from a chartered architectural practice, with the flexibility and level of personal care typically found at smaller firms.
“We believe in a holistic approach to design and have an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the building design and construction process. We believe that creativity is not solely for design but can be industriously applied to programme delivery and competitive costs.
“We also place a high value on communication and client satisfaction. Listening to the needs of our clients and understanding the requirements is important to us. We aim to help maximise the potential of the project, be it for a one off home owner or a property developer.
“Ultimately the success of every project depends on our expertise and the skill of the companies we work with. We understand the importance of professionalism and only work with reputable companies to create a smooth process for the client.”
Substantial Georgian Inspired Property nears Completion
Recently the Design Studio Architects team visited Stoughton Drive South in Oadby Leicestershire. The project began in January 2015 and is due for completion early next year. The property is situated in a sought after area of Leicester. Design Studio Architects are involved in RIBA stages 0-7 (from concept to completion)
Stay tuned as final completion photos will be avaliable to view soon.
Homify Profile for a DSA Project
We are pleased to say that homify have profiled one of our projects in one of there latest articles. Follow the link to check this out!
Design Studio Architects join up for Meet the Mentor Event’ with Leicester School of Architecture
The RIBA Student mentoring scheme has been successfully running for several years at a number of Universities and this year De University will also be running the scheme in the East Midlands. Design Studio Architects have teamed up with De Montfort University to provide assistance to third year part 1 students, in order for the next set of budding architects to strengthen relations between the theory and practice of the profession. The scheme involves an introduction into architectural office life as well as guidance and advice on the final year projects.
A Leicester based architect company is joining forces with a local sight loss charity to share their expertise in architecture and explore design opportunities to improve the quality of life for people with sight loss.
Design Studio Architects has chosen Vista as its Charity of the Year. As well as taking part in fundraising activities, the architects will offer their design services and will look to work on a number of projects with the charity.
Paul Bott, Chief Executive at Vista, said: “We welcome this new partnership with Design Studio Architects, and we’re already looking forward to what we can achieve together. Vista is an innovative and forward thinking charity, and we’re always striving to design services that ultimately meet the needs of people with sight loss in creative ways.
“We’re currently embarking on renovation projects to upgrade areas of our older people’s care homes, and we’re also establishing a portfolio of new charity shops across market towns in Leicestershire and Rutland, both of which would be great projects for Design Studio Architects to get involved in.”
To celebrate the partnership Vista hosted a launch event, which involved Visual Impairment Awareness Training for the architect team, and a workshop to generate fundraising ideas.
Keshiv Sudera, Managing Director at Design Studio Architects, said: “We fully appreciate the importance the built environment can have on an individual with sight loss. As an architect firm we feel it is imperative we focus on this as good, thoughtful design can have an immensely positive effect.
“We’re looking forward to working with Vista on some innovative developments, and getting the chance to design architecturally inclusive environments, which improve the quality of life for people with sight loss.”
Design Studio Architects is a RIBA Chartered practice specialising in both residential and commercial planning and design. In addition to offering their expertise, the firm will donate a percentage on all accepted quotes for domestic projects to Vista.
For more information about fundraising opportunities with Vista email email@example.com or call 0116 249 8801.
Vista provides support and services to almost 6000 children and adults with sight loss throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. As well as rehabilitation, social groups, befriending and residential services, Vista also provide specialist services for people with learning disabilities, dementia and dual sensory impairment.
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