New scheme offers independence for young people with learning disabilities

Young people with learning disabilities are taking their first steps towards living independently in their own homes thanks to a new Worcestershire based scheme.

‘Bishops Place’ will be home to twelve people with profound and multiple learning disabilities aged 18-25 and whilst the purpose built accommodation offers adaptations to assist people with disabilities, Support Workers from Radis Community Care support tenants to lead the lives they choose; for example to access education, training, volunteering and jobs, pursue their hobbies and interests and learn daily living skills.

Sarah Barnfield, Service Manager for Radis Community Care said: “This is a fantastic, modern building perfectly adapted to meet our tenants’ needs. Having the right accommodation is an important first step to supporting people with learning disabilities to lead independent lives. Combined with the support of our specially trained staff, our tenants will have the opportunity to develop life skills and play a positive part in the local community.”

The property developed by Specialised Supported Housing, is built to a very high specification and includes features such as underfloor heating, kitchen with height adjustable surfaces and en-suite wet rooms.

Tenant ‘Hannah’ who has just moved into the scheme said: “I am really happy here. The staff are great and they are helping me with my plans and wishes for the future.”

Hannah’s dad added: “I offered to help Hannah with a job and she told me ‘you can go now Dad, I am independent’ this really does reflect the value of such an enabling supported living environment.”

See our Supported Living page for more information about how we support people aged 16 and over with a wide range of needs including physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions.