Research has shown clearly that a stable environment blended with a structured support team has a significant positive impact on outcomes for individuals who are recovering after a traumatic life changing event.

Our team has both the drive and experience to make a positive change and more so the support and training to help manage potentially challenging behaviours for individuals that require slow stream rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation service is tailored to meet the needs of each individual, depending on their complex needs. Our mission is to deliver the best balance between care and living in one complete solution.

Our beautiful, modern, one and two bedroomed apartments can be tailored to suit each clients’ individual taste where possible including a few choices on furniture packs and feature wall colours to make it a homely and inviting place to be.
We strive to deliver a comprehensive care package supported by our multi-disciplinary clinical team. This is continually being reviewed and adjusted to achieve better outcomes moving forward to a more independent living.

THE FOUNDING MEMBERS

Stephen Crouch

Founder and Chief Executive

Zafir Bhatti

Director of Operations

Stefan Gavin

Chief Development Director

OUR CARE

At Breathe we believe that each member of our team is equal and delivers the best they can in their chosen area of care delivery.
Our professional, personalised in-house training is one of the resounding reasons why working at Breathe makes it a very rewarding and a great place to be. We believe in long term investment in our team and recognise this in every way we possibly can. We don’t simply work to the highest standards of person-centred care. We train all of our team members to understand, defend, and champion these standards as they grow their own skills and careers.
We offer all employees a framework of training and development specialised around Neuro Trauma and ABI which is nationally accredited.

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through. When someone is successful, we see only the success, not the struggles that have gone before"

Our brain injury services include:

  • Relearning executive skills such as budgeting, managing appointments and correspondence
  • Behaviour management such as emotional needs and anger management
  • Activities of personal care and daily living
  • Helping clients to increase their socialisation and build meaningful relationships
  • Enhance a client’s ability to participate in employment and vocational positions
  • Working through medico-legal documentation requirements in order to clearly highlight goals, challenges and risks within a rehabilitation programme

"What has made ‘Breathe’ outstanding from its inception has been the well thought out management arrangements. There is an Advisory Board, a multi-disciplinary team of in-house clinicians and managers, a ‘Breathe’ charter and investment in staff with an awards scheme and staff support. People using the service are involved in agreeing their care arrangements. This service is a breath of fresh air, a fine example of quality care."

CQC consultant , Tina Welford

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.

Zafir Bhatti

Chief Operations Director

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.

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 combined pathway.

Stefan Gavin

Chief Development 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.

Dr Melanie Stevens

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Melanie Stevens, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has worked in psychological practice for over 19 years. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2012. Dr Stevens has worked in the NHS, Independent sector and MoD. Her work experiences cover the neurological conditions pathway; inpatient acute units, outpatient departments and rehabilitation services.

Dr Stevens has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of complex psychological difficulties and neuropsychological issues. This includes assessments of mental capacity and cognitive assessments and rehabilitation programmes for adjustment to life changing injuries. Dr Stevens’ Medicolegal work includes the assessment and reports for presentation at court.

Dr Stevens has specialised in the emotional adjustment and the neurobehavioral therapies that people with an ABI can have. Dr Stevens and our Clinical Director, Amanda Swain, have worked together over the last 8 years and specialise in developing neurobehavioral rehabilitation programmes for people with behaviour that is limiting their opportunities to move forward and achieve their goals.

 Dr Stevens continues to be involved in training and teaches on the doctorate program at Birmingham University.

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.