Breathing new life into communities

Working in partnership with individuals and organisations to support and shape how people live. We develop strong and inclusive communities with benefits in improving both physical and mental wellbeing. We encourage independent living, leading to a good quality of life, offering a personal centred approach.

"Enriching lives through successful partnerships"

ABOUT BREATHE CARE & LIVING

As a collective forward-thinking team with motivated aspirations, particularly around mental health and learning disabilities, Breathe Care & Living’s board has a large network and vast experience which helps us continue to build strong strategic and operational partnerships within our specialist fields of housing and care.

Breathe Care & Living was founded to create quality housing with a strong care support arm. We often find that the service offered is either one or the other, however, the abilities of our board of directors allows us to use our expertise for both aspects; as a collective, we have over 85 years’ experience in both of these specific areas. We hold strong morals around leadership, development, and effective management of care facilities as well as many successful residential and commercial developments.

Our ethos, which is central to our corporate strategy, is to offer people hope, choice and opportunity to an often marginalised and stigmatised segment of our society. It is our belief that every individual has their own journey and our role at Breathe Care & Living is to tailor the support they need around them, within our innovative living solutions.

We understand that for a lot of people coming into the community within supported living arrangements, the normal strains and anxieties associated with moving are heightened, and it is critical we offer a supportive shoulder for people to lean on whilst acclimatising to their new environment. Our tenancy support team are on hand to help make sure that tenancies do not break down and that people, who may have had difficulties in the past maintaining their tenancy, are given the help required along with support and guidance to maintain their homes and relationships with ourselves as landlords and their local community.

OUR APPROACH

Care Pathway

Our expertise comes from our leadership and creates a clear care pathway for all our people, be it clients and staff; they all have a journey to make whilst they are with us. Our colleagues are encouraged to breathe our ethos and our extensive knowledge of change management and development leadership allow us to continually grow together.

Property Development

Our property development and building expertise coming from over 85 projects designed, implemented, and manged by us. Our combined outstanding knowledge of construction and design, together with a clear understanding of project viability studies, coupled with our commercial development and leadership qualities and our ability to build long lasting teams, provides an excellent foundation for our strategy to allow people choices to live independently, in homes with individually tailored support.

Tenancy Support

With a decade of experience in the transitioning and support of individuals moving from secure settings through to supported living and ultimately moving to living an independent life in communities, we can help and support people with the correct action and attention to ensure that they maintain their independent tenancies in our high quality housing units.

"Partnerships lead to stronger communities. Stronger communities lead to independent and fulfilled lives"

Our four strategic aims are centred on the following four principals

PLACE

People and communities are at the very heart of our housing strategy. Working in collaboration with individuals, communities and other stakeholders means we understand their needs, aspirations, and skills.

PEOPLE

To provide seamless, high-quality integrated services which are centred on the individual and their needs is only achievable through collaborative working. We are committed to working in partnership across the care sector.

PREVENTION

Providing intelligent housing solutions is a proactive way of delivering better long-term outcomes for individuals and avoiding future costs to the public sector. Early intervention can help promote equality and reduce the financial, social and personal costs of dependency.

PERFORMANCE

Our housing solutions are continually evolving to reduce the impact on our environment. The running and maintenance costs along with our eco-friendly designs are constantly reviewed to safeguard our future developments.

Jenny Wyke

Executive Assistant to the Board

Jenny works with the Board of Directors to ensure day to day operations run in an effective and coordinated manner. Her ability to keep the Board of Directors focused and organised means that we can continue to grow our business knowing that our ethos will always be at the forefront.

Alongside Jenny’s knowledge of both large and small commercial building projects, her wealth of experience in recruitment, human resources and finance, her strong organisational and communication skills, as well as her process driven mentality gained from her extensive experience within the NHS and privately owned businesses, ensures that she is a key member within the Breathe Care & Living team.

Stefan Gavin

Construction Director

Stefan carries the design and creativity forward. His career is a testament to his energy, drive and ambition. Hailing from a family of well-esteemed property professionals he has bolstered this tradition by founding his own companies in Architectural design, property development and investment.

Stefan’s career started after achieving a 1st class honours degree, followed by being awarded ‘The most enterprising student of 2003’ by STEP. Stefan has a hands-on relentless work ethic, combined with an outstanding knowledge of construction and design, together with a clear understanding of project viability studies, giving an excellent foundation to be at the forefront of Breathe Care & Living’s developments.

Zafir Bhatti

Director of Operations

Zafir brings over a decade of experience in transitioning and supporting individuals from secure settings through to supported living and, ultimately, independent living in the community. His vast experience incorporates the detail and attention that is required to help our residents on their journey and his ability to pre-empt the heightened anxieties and strains associated with these changes are a huge asset to Breathe Care & Living.

His knowledge in recruitment and human resources and his front-line experience brings a critical awareness to our colleagues when our residents start, and continue, on their Hope Pathway.

Dr Carolyn Kus

Founder and Director of Governance and Policy

Having gained over 37 years of significant and progressive experience within the public sector over the course of her career, Carolyn’s role is crucial to Breathe Care & Living; our unique Hope Pathway has been developed by her vast knowledge in mental health and supported living.

With her broad-based wisdom across diverse sectors and specialist executive experience in healthcare and social care, as well as her experience and knowledge of leadership in top teams, we are in safe hands. Carolyn is also a well-known speaker around care policies and governance within many forums around up and down the country.

Stephen Crouch

Founder and Chief Executive

Stephen has strong leadership qualities and is highly adept at building and managing teams. For the last two decades he has been managing director in a successful commercial development company which has had large involvement in refurbishments for the likes of The Belfry Golf & Spa, Coca Cola and many care and educational institutions. His acute networking skills enable him to identify and draw out the best in people; using their skills to get the job done.

Stephen’s focus is on developing the best care within the best living environments to suit our residents’ profiles. Each Board and Team member is Stephen’s number one priority and his encouragement and management ensures that each colleague delivers their very best. He brings the key strengths of organisation and management of supply partners, forming partnerships with joint venture investors, raising investment capital and acquisitions.

Andre Gonzalez De Savage

Chairman

A highly experienced Director and Chairman with large success in delivering training, mentoring and strategic planning in premium customer, hospitality and commercial operations both in the UK and Internationally.

André has 15 years public sector direct budget responsibility for, in excess, of £150m annual division spend, with circa 1,000 direct and indirect reports. He has collectively been responsible for £1bn of public funding. André’s strategic planning and operational control bring a hands-on worker who is able to multi-task and bring together great teams, in all environments.

Under his belt are 30 years Government, Economic Development, Education and Charitable Trust responsibilities. André Launched and delivered the Sino – British Trade & Enterprise multi-nation agreement and developed the British Enterprise Partnership connecting and maximizing Commercial and Charitable operations throughout the UK. André has also spearheaded key infrastructure and digital connectivity projects.