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Improvements in Learning Disability Services 5 August 2005

    The Department of Health and Social Security is pleased to announce a development in services for adults with a learning disability. This is thanks to the completion of a new bungalow at Cronk Grianagh. The building has been built to a high specification and provides fully accessible accommodation for four people with learning and physical disabilities.

    Steve Rodan, MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said, “I am delighted that the new bungalow has now been completed. The bungalow provides a wonderful environment to ensure that staff can provide the best possible service to its residents.”

    The staff team is being recruited and the first residents will be moving in during August 2005.

    The new facility will also help relieve pressure on the respite facility for adults and their families based at Radcliffe Villas.

    More choice will also become available in the near future with the Division’s first ‘supported living’ services. Adults with learning disabilities will be able to obtain their own accommodation and then receive support from an outreach team. At first this option for people will be small in scale, but it is hoped that supported living for people can grow in the future if resources become available.

    Andrew Swithinbank, Assistant Director (Adults) in Social Services said, “This development is very much part of our adult services strategy to develop more accommodation options for people and complements our work with local authorities and DOLGE to provide public housing for people with disabilities”.

    Both the new bungalow and supported living will move the service forward in line with recommendations contained in the recent review of adult learning disability residential services which have been made public.

    Bryan Masterson, Deputy Manager, Residential Services, overseeing the service said, “Everyone is pleased with the new bungalow. The residential team and the Estates Department have collaborated well in the design and construction of the bungalow to ensure that service users needs will be met.”

    5th August 2005

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