Residents of a our specialist supported living scheme for disabled adults in Leeds were warmly welcomed into their new apartments at an official launch event.
Cornmill House, a development of sixteen new apartments on Moresdale Lane in Seacroft enables people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.
Comprising 16 apartments, Cornmill House has been developed by HB Villages.
Richard Burgon MP, who welcomed the residents into their new apartments, said:
“I’m delighted to welcome sixteen new residents to this important development in our community. Judging from the waiting list of people wanting to move in, there’s clearly a need for more of these kind of developments where vulnerable people are given the opportunity to live more independently from their parents or in sheltered accommodation.
“I’m proud that Leeds is providing a fine example of the specialist supported living model and providing a modern and safe environment for people to live their lives independently and with the freedom to manage their own homes.”
Councillor Graham Hyde, who unveiled a plaque at the development, said:
“This is a remarkable addition to our local community and I’m delighted that the scheme has proved so popular that there was a queue of people keen to move in. Cornmill House has a real community feel to it and I’m delighted that I’ve been able to work alongside my colleagues at Leeds City Council to help deliver this scheme in Seacroft. I’m keen to see how we can build more of these types of schemes in the city.”
Sarah Holliday, flat scheme manager at Lifeways, said:
“All our residents have specific physical or learning development needs and care is tailored to them all individually. We’re delighted that this development has proved so popular with residents and their families.
“Strong bonds and friendships have already been made between our care team here and all the residents. We’re excited about the prospect of more schemes like this being delivered in Leeds to enhance the outcomes of people’s lives.”
Michelle Dyas, operations director of Inclusion Housing said:
“It’s wonderful to see the result of such close collaboration between the statutory, not for profit and private sectors. We’re looking forward to progressing our relationship with Leeds City Council in ensuring this development is the first in a number of specialist supported living schemes to house some of the most vulnerable people in the region.”
Alastair Sheehan, development director of HB Villages, which developed the scheme, said:
“We are delighted to welcome residents into our first scheme in Leeds. This is the first step in delivering positive outcomes for those vulnerable people in our society who deserve the opportunity to live their lives in the manner and dignity that they and all of us deserve.
“We’re pleased to deliver this scheme with all our development partners and Leeds City Council who, in particular, have been extremely ‘hands on’ and progressive to ensure smooth and swift delivery of the scheme.
“These kind of specialist supported living schemes help tackle the issue of isolation faced by vulnerable adults in Leeds. They give residents the choice to live where they want to, independently and in a safe environment. We hope the residents enjoy the special barbecue we presented and the table tennis table which was jointly supported by Table Tennis England.”
Chris Parks, an architect at Calderpeel Architects, added:
“There’s a real shortage of housing for those with specialist supported living needs in Leeds, so Cornmill House will significantly boost this provision while providing these vulnerable people with the freedom to live independently in a safe environment.”
HB Villages was formed in May 2012 in order to deliver a pipeline of new build specialist supported housing accommodation throughout the UK. Working in partnership with local commissioners, HB Villages along with project partners Inclusion Housing CIC and care provider Lifeways have developed a unique model of specialist supported housing that demonstrates an innovative and commercial approach, which can be replicated nationally without the need for housing subsidy.