Complex opens to allow people with learning disabilities to live independently (From Ledbury Reporter)
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Complex opens to allow people with learning disabilities to live independently
SOUTHBANK Close in Hereford – a redevelopment which allows individuals to experience independent living in a safe, monitored environment – has officially opened.
Consisting of seven apartments and catering for individuals with learning disabilities, the newly developed scheme near Ledbury Road, provides residents with the opportunity to engage in social activities and socialise with others.
With support available 24 hours a day, occupants also have access to a communal garden and living space.
The new development has also created extra jobs in the local community with more than 100 hours of support available weekly to those benefitting from the scheme.
Lydia Bailey, head of learning disability and mental health at housing association Midland Heart, said: “This development will truly transform people’s lives by giving them their own home with access to flexible support to maximise their independence and achieve their aspirations.”
The scheme was officially opened by Councillor Phil Edwards, mayor of Hereford.
Each occupant benefits from an individual apartment which features a kitchen as well as a private garden and communal garden to share with others.
“It was a privilege and pleasure to formally open the Southbank Close development of Supported Living bungalow accommodation,” said Coun Edwards. “Residents made us all welcome when showing us their comfortable homes and outdoor garden spaces.
“I was part of an original council committee which received a presentation of what Midland Heart could do for Herefordshire and it is good to see these benefits coming to fruition”.
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