Active Prospects was delighted to hold a celebratory event on 11th November for the official opening of 9 new homes in Redhill, supporting those with learning disabilities and/or autism.
Maria Mills, CEO Active Prospects, said, “We are extremely proud of this project as this is our first new-build service, built specifically for local people moving into their first long term homes. It has been fantastic to make this happen through a successful partnership working with the NHS and Surrey County Council. To see everyone move into their new homes is a great achievement and we recognise that it is so important to have homes that you are proud of.”
Residents, who have autism and/or learning disabilities, now have their own front door and own flat for life, something that some people have never had before. A resident of the new service said, “It’s very nice and I like helping with the gardening.”
The new, modern supported housing development in Redhill has been specifically designed and built with the latest advances in inclusive building design and assistive technology that facilitate independent living.
Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, joined the event and said, “Everyone already seems so settled and happy in their new homes, which is great to see. The homes and the environment, including the garden, will encourage independent living and facilitate an individual’s independence. When I get the opportunity to come out and see great providers, such as Active Prospects, it becomes a lot more real for us, Surrey County Council, with our ambitious supported housing scheme plans.”
The new service in Redhill demonstrates excellent partnership working. The Department of Health and Social Care allowed the sale of a redundant care home, providing NHS England with the Capital to work with Active Prospects to transform the site in Redhill. Working closely with Surrey County Council and Health Colleagues from Surrey’s Clinical Care Groups. Active Prospects was able to identify and successfully transition people, many of whom have been previously been in long-term hospital environments.
This is the first purpose-built new property development for Active Prospects with the homes designed by AHP Architects and was built from the ground up by local building contractor Marpaul Southern Limited.