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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Care Village plans to expand

PROPOSALS have been put forward to improve facilities at a Ponteland care village for people with learning disabilities.
Self Unlimited has made a planning application for 54 residential homes and a new Down's Syndrome and dementia unit at its north east base in North Road.

With the adjacent Northumberland Police Headquarters in line for a refurbishment allowing part of its site to be available for housing, the charity was able to assess possible requirements for the future.

Regional Manager Polly Browning said: "We remain committed to making a real and lasting difference in the lives of the people we support, both now and in the future.

"Our charity has always welcomed the relationships that have been forged with our neighbours over the years."
It is our aim for this to continue and for a real, inclusive community to be established on site at North Road."

The dwellings, which would include ten designated for social housing, would not only provide new homes for local families, but also for some of the people it supports who may not wish to move away from the area.

The new purpose-built facility would provide care for the growing number of people with Down's Syndrome who are diagnosed with dementia.

Self Unlimited is the operating name of CARE (Cottage and Rural Enterprises), which was established in 1966 to provide services for adults with learning disabilities to enable them to live as fulfilled and independent a life as possible.