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Learning disability housing service reopens with day of pure imagination

25 September 2018

Leicester residents with learning disabilities enjoyed a day of pure imagination as the supported housing service they call home officially launched its £280,000 redevelopment.

Cllr Grant (fourth from left) unveiling the refurbishment

The new facilities at Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Sycamore Court were unveiled at a special opening event with a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme attended by local stakeholders and Leicester Lord Mayor Cllr Ross Grant.

They include an upgrade to en suite bedrooms, new windows, doors, kitchen and lounge, and the installation of an assistive technology system which provides residents with a pull cord in each room for a rapid response in the event of an emergency.

Visitors saw the new facilities and chatted with residents and staff to learn more about day-to-day life at the service and explore a candy-coated wonderland complete with pick ‘n’ mix carts and life size sugar-themed props all created by the residents themselves in the run-up to the event.

Residents took on a range of responsibilities, such as new arrival Lauren Brown, who welcomed guests as front of house, while SSL project worker Wendy Cornelius dressed the part as Willy Wonka.

Alison Steadman, a parent of one of the residents and Carole Walker, who have raised thousands of pounds for Friends of Sycamore Court over the past 29 years, were presented with flowers by SSL regional service manager Claire Clarke to recognise their contributions to residents.

SSL head of service David Shaw said: “Being supported to live as independently as possible makes such a difference to someone’s quality of life, their self-confidence and their future prospects.

“By offering personalised care that’s tailored to their individual needs, we can provide our residents with the support they need to flourish and thrive. With the launch of Sycamore Court’s refurbishment, people with learning disabilities in Leicester will be able to enjoy greater freedom, choice and independence in the new facilities.”

It was wonderful to see the new facilities and how they benefit the residents and the excitement in the air on the day was magical.

Leicester Lord Mayor Cllr Ross Grant

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