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Specialist housing for people with learning disabilities opened in northeast England

Coast and Country 180A new housing development has opened in Ormesby offering 12 specially designed one-bedroom apartments for individuals with learning disabilities.

The Shore is the first supported housing development within Coast and Country’s Redcare scheme, created in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and developer Galliford Try Partnerships North and supported with a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and care packages provided by Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL).

The apartments are built to a high specification and residents will benefit from having the privacy of their own self-contained accommodation as well as the opportunity to take part in group activities in the property’s communal spaces.

Cllr David Walsh, cabinet member for adults at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said: “This development is a crucial step in the council’s plan to ensure that members of the Redcar and Cleveland community with learning disabilities get the best quality of life possible.

“The Shore is an excellent example of supported living, and we, alongside Coast and Country Housing, Galliford Try and staff providers Sanctuary Supported Living, hope this project will benefit the community for years to come.”

With 24-hour on-site support, allowing residents to live as independently as possible, SSL will deliver personalised programmes to those living at the scheme to help meet their needs and aspirations, including assistance with cooking and taking part in community activities.

The Shore was officially opened by Cllr Walsh alongside the chief executive and chair of Coast and Country Housing, Ian Sim and Nigel Barton, who said he was proud to achieve the “vision of creating a better quality housing option for older and vulnerable people.”

SSL local service manager, Rebekah McClelland, added: “By working in partnership with Coast and Country Housing and the council, we feel we can deliver a service that can help transform the lives of people with learning disabilities in the Redcar area.

“It was fantastic to see so many people come together at the opening to celebrate the success of this partnership, which will provide access to independent living, social and other life skills training for clients through personalised support that meets their individual needs.”

For more information about Redcare visit www.redcare-extracare.co.uk

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