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New homes will help people with learning disabilities live independently
A SPECIALLY designed housing complex for tenants with learning disabilities has opened in Poole.
The six one-bedroom apartments and a four bedroom house in Branksome have been built by Dorset’s biggest landlord, DWP Housing Partnership, which joined forces with The Care Division, learning disability support providers.
The aim is to use the properties to help tenants learn how to live as independently as they can, with support staff on site 24 hours a day offering extra help if needed.
DWP has invested £750,000 in the development which includes height adjustable kitchens for wheelchair users, specially adapted wet rooms and video-link phones to the on-duty support worker.
“This development marks a departure for us,” said Steve Wells from DWP. “We are working in partnership with the Care Division to provide bespoke properties to meet the specific needs required by our community; in this case building homes for people with learning disabilities.
“Some tenants will have physical disabilities as well so the design incorporates features that will help them live independently.”
Christian Hart, 37, the first resident to move in said: “I like it here and I can sleep much better than I did at my old place.”
Helen Spencer, operations director of The Care Division said: “These homes have been built with our support and are designed to enable people with learning difficulties to gain the skills to live on their own as an integral part of their local community.”
She said they were looking forward to working again with the partnership, which in the last few months has opened two new blocks of affordable housing in Bournemouth, investing almost £2million.
Cllr Peter Adams, cabinet portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, Borough of Poole said: “This is a fantastic scheme which will benefit Poole’s residents with learning disabilities.”
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