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Charity launches £1.5m supported housing scheme in Lancashire

Attached picture shows (left to right): Susanne Horsley, service manager, Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Ken Hartley, Paula Spence, performance & quality manager, Making Space and Gemma Shepherd, director of development, Making Space

Adult health and social care charity, Making Space, is developing a £1.5m supported housing scheme in Lancashire. 

The Bright Street development will see ten purpose-built bungalows erected in Colne.

The one-bedroom dwellings will be constructed alongside the flagship supported housing scheme, Limes Place, which Making Space launched in April this year. The £1.6m developed, on neighbouring Argyle Street, provides 11 quality apartments with a communal area and landscaped gardens.

Experienced staff from Limes Place will provide 24-hour background support to tenants of the new bungalows. Tenancy will be offered to single people and couples who have assessed care needs, including people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions or physical disabilities as well as older people.

Each bungalow has one bedroom, a fully fitted kitchen and a modern, accessible bathroom. The ten homes feature private gardens with levelled access for wheelchair users and street parking.

Racheal Peacock, CEO at Making Space said: ‘Making Space develops homes which truly meet the needs of the people we support.’

Our starting point is always how we can enable people to live as fully and independently as possible.’

‘When it comes to supported living, you need to get the whole package right, it’s about providing a safe, accessible and comfortable place to live alongside the right level of professional, but totally personable support.’

The Mayor of Pendle, Ken Hartley also said: ‘Having your own place is very important for someone who has an active mind.’

‘I’m 75 now and I live in sheltered accommodation. This kind of project encourages a more independent style of living for those aged bodies like me, as well of course as younger people who have support needs.’

‘I still try and stay active despite COPD (chronic lung disease) and legs that don’t often work. If I had a blank sheet of paper and was asked to design my ideal sheltered accommodation, this is what I would come up with. Having a spot to park my car so I could get out and about to see the beautiful countryside and visit friends, and having a garden on my doorstep would be fantastic.’

‘This is a magnificent development and I look forward to seeing it completed.’

Photo credit – Making Space

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