£2.2 million assisted living scheme opens in Grimsby

NORTH East Lincolnshire’s first purpose-built development designed for adults with learning and physical disabilities to live independently will be officially opened today in Grimsby.

Ropewalk Gardens on Heneage Road is a £2.2 million development consisting of 16 apartments which have been designed in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Inclusion Housing, Lifeways and delivered by HB Villages.

Tenants and their families were joined by all partners involved in the project to celebrate the opening of this progressive scheme. Ropewalk Gardens was officially opened by The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Peggy Elliott.

Mark Webb, Chair of the North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is an exciting new development for the CCG, one that’s been achieved by working together with a number of agencies and our commissioning partners Focus and Care Plus Group. Ropewalk Gardens not only supports carers but gives them peace of mind knowing that their relative has more choice and control over where they live and offers them the freedom to live independently in their own apartment with support when needed.”

Paul Marriner, Chief Executive of Lifeways, said: “We are delighted to have opened this highly anticipated service in Grimsby and are looking forward to providing the best quality of care for our tenants. The bespoke housing and personalised support will provide a foundation for each individual to develop their independence, achieve their outcomes and goals.

“This service is a testament to what can be achieved when organitsations work in partnership to meet the needs of a local community.”

David de Silva, Chief Executive of Inclusion Housing, said: “Ropewalk Gardens is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through innovative partnership working between Statutory, Not for Profit and Private sectors.  Inclusion Housing are proud to have delivered this purpose built scheme and are delighted to see the tenants settling into their new homes.  We look forward to working in partnership with Lifeways and the CCG to make this a valued resource for North East Lincolnshire for years to come.”

Howard Graham, Director of HB Villages, said: “Ropewalk Gardens promotes personalisation for tenants. It gives them the choice to live where they want to, independently in a safe environment. It empowers them to make their own decisions and gives them the freedom to manage their own home, budgets and lifestyle with support where needed.

“It’s fantastic to be here today in Grimsby to celebrate the wonderful homes the tenants have created. HB Villages, with our partners, is committed to replicating the success of Ropewalk Gardens in other areas. Our vision is to build fit-for-purpose assisted living premises in every local authority in the country.”

Tenants moved into their new homes at Ropewalks Gardens in September  2013, and since then the scheme has built a caring community which has not only changed the lives of tenants, but also their families and carers.  In the few months the tenants have lived in their new homes they have developed new independence, allowing elderly relatives, who have been long-term carers, retire in the knowledge that their loved ones are living a happy and independent life.

Margaret Wright’s son Danny, 26, is autistic and a resident of Ropewalk Gardens. She said: “For the past five years Danny has been desperate to find somewhere which he could call his own home. He wanted independence and found living at home with us frustrating and stressful. He became withdrawn and distant. But since moving into his own apartment at Ropewalk Gardens he has flourished. We’ve got our son back and it’s been wonderful.

“Danny’s new found independence has helped him mature and grow as an independent adult. He’s so happy and settled. Having his own home, but with the support he needs, has given him the confidence to achieve new goals and live the life he’s always wanted.”

HB Villages was formed in May 2012 in order to deliver a pipeline of new build supported living accommodation throughout the UK. Inclusion Housing CIC presented the model of supported living. Together with additional input from commissioners and care partner Lifeways, the early designs have been further developed to demonstrate an innovative and commercial approach to supported living which can be replicated nationally without the need for housing subsidy.

For further information on Ropewalk Gardens please email: pr@lifeways.co.uk

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