Regard Service Users Prepare For Move
Service Users at Regard service in Cranborne, Dorset, are looking forward to an exciting new phase in their lives as they prepare to move home.
The Service Users will soon be leaving Tregonwell Lodge, which Regard had leased from the Cranborne Estate since 2003, in the knowledge that the lease would end in September 2010.
Last year, the Estate agreed to extend the lease for a year, to give Regard additional time to identify and make ready new accommodation that was right for Service Users.
Service Users will be moving to three different services, including another Cranborne property, Cecil Court, on which the Estate altered a covenant – a legal condition on its use – so that it could be leased to Regard to ensure Service Users could stay in their local community
Cecil Court will provide individual studio flats for eight people with Learning Disabilities, with staff support on site at all times. Originally a sheltered housing scheme for elderly people, Cecil Court’s flats all have their own bathroom and kitchen and there is also a communal area for Service Users.
Other Service Users at Tregonwell Lodge, which had accommodation for 17 people, will be moving to Northfield House in Poulner, a registered care home, and an adjoining property, Cedars, which will provide supported living accommodation in a shared house.
Service Users will move to their new homes over a period of a month, starting at the end of September.
Yvonne Bray, Customer Relationship Manager for Regard’s South Region, said: “We are grateful to the Estate for enabling us to operate Tregonwell Lodge for such a long period and for being so helpful in granting the extension so that we could source replacement properties.
“We have been working closely with Service Users and their families to support them through the transition process, which has included making sure that people who wanted to stay in Cranborne were able to do so and others could move together as a larger group to Poulner.
“We know that Service Users, their families and the Tregonwell Lodge team will be sad to leave. However, as one member of staff put it, it’s the people and the service we give that provides the atmosphere – we can take the service and the atmosphere to our new homes and they soon will become Tregonwell Lodge again.”
Founded in 1994, Regard operates more than 120 supported living and residential care services across England and Wales for people with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health needs and Acquired Brain Injuries, as well as providing care and support to children and young people.
For more information, contact Regard on 020 8255 4433 or visit www.regard.co.uk.