Eden Gardens and Wagtail Close are part of a housing development purpose built for disabled people, mainly wheelchair users, with a variety of support needs. It is delivered via a partnership between Habinteg Housing Association and Bradford Local Authority Adult and Community Services.
The Princess Royal toured Eden Gardens and Wagtail Close, led by Kate Royce, Habinteg Community Housing Officer and Sheila Suddards, Wagtail Close Support Team Manager. She visited the resource and training unit, a flat adapted to accommodate a married couple who both use large wheelchairs, the I.T. suite, hairdressing salon and communal lounge and dining room. She met current tenants and those who have moved on to private accommodation after developing their independent living skills at Eden Gardens, such as Mr. Yaseem (pictured).
Judith Newton, Chair of Habinteg’s Board of Management, who formally thanked Her Royal Highness for her visit, said “It’s wonderful to hear so many positive stories and goes to show how much can be achieved when flexible support can be individually tailored to each person’s changing needs. I look forward to seeing Eden Gardens go from strength to strength over the next ten years.”
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne signed a visitor’s book and received flowers from Marie Furness, a representative of the Tenants’ Committee, who was the first to move in ten years ago and has subsequently moved to one of the scheme’s adapted bungalows with her husband.
The design of the properties, equipment and adaptations, together with the care and support provided through individual support planning, enables tenants at the scheme to achieve maximum independence and play an active part in the community.
The project is an exemplary model for excellent housing and support that puts tenants in control. It demonstrates how one facility can meet a range of different requirements efficiently, and how, with the correct support and training, tenants’ need for support can reduce significantly.
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