Supported living scheme promises more independence for people with learning disabilities

Health and Social Care / 30 Mar 2017

A new supported living scheme is to open in Orton Malborne which will allow people with learning disabilities to live independently.

The scheme, comprising 10 new converted flats managed by Westmoreland Housing Association, is being run by Augusta Care on behalf of Peterborough City Council.

It will provide brand new, purpose-built homes to nine individuals whose current living situations do not meet their care needs. One-to-one support will be provided during the day, with a carer living on-site to provide care overnight. 

The aim of the scheme is to give the residents, some at risk of homelessness, more security with their accommodation and to support them to live as independently as possible. 

Augusta care staff will help them develop the skills they need to live successfully on their own, for example with managing their finances, getting a job and cooking and eating healthily.

Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for integrated adult social care and health said: "This fantastic scheme offers a new start and increased independence for its residents in a purpose-built, supported and safe environment. 

"We are pleased to be working with Augusta Care to provide this opportunity which will enable residents to become more integrated in society and build up the skills needed to give them more confidence and independence.

"I wish the new residents the best for this next chapter of their lives in their new homes."

Julie Boardman, Director for Augusta Care, said: "It has been a pleasure to work with Peterborough City Council on this scheme. It will allow us to provide the specialist support required in enabling people to become more independent.

"This is an exciting time for the people we support and we are pleased to be part of it."

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