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New accommodation opened for people with learning disabilities

PUBLISHED: 08:42 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 08:42 17 May 2016

Sarah John and cllr Pallen open the new accommodation

Sarah John and cllr Pallen open the new accommodation

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The aim of the accommodation is to help residents achieve their maximum potential

Five new units of semi-supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities have been officially opened in Bexley.

Pengarth, near Danson Park, has been refurbished by the council at a cost of £110,000 to support young people with learning disabilities to live independently.

It was opened by councillor Eileen Pallen, the cabinet member for Adults’ Services, and resident Sarah John, who said she had never thought she would be able to live independently and expressed how much she loves it.

Her father also spoke to say that, since the move, she had made much more progress than he expected.

The accommodation is managed by mcch, a charity that works with people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

Residents of Pengarth will be able to be educated and supported within their own community.

Cllr Pallen said: “I was delighted to be asked to take part in the opening with Sarah because, as she has made clear, facilities like this are a vital part of the work we do together to improve the life chances of residents who need our support,

“Our aim is that people with a learning disability have the same opportunities as everyone else. That includes employment, volunteering and further education opportunities and access to sport, leisure and recreational facilities.”

Each individual staying at Pengarth will be supported for up to two or three years to help them achieve their maximum social, health and educational potential in a safe and supportive environment.

Residents will be given support to further develop and learn new skills through vocational and adult education, spending time with friends and obtaining employment or engaging in meaningful activities in the community.

Priority is given to supporting residents to maintain and improve their physical health and well-being through access to advice and guidance, mainstream NHS healthcare and support to live a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating, regular exercise and education.

Karen Reed, executive director for mcch, said: “We are delighted to be providing this much-needed service in the Bexley area, as it will give young people with learning disabilities the skills and experience to live independently.”

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