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Learning disability service off to a running start

22 September 2017

Young adults with learning disabilities in Stoke-on-Trent have celebrated the launch of their new £1m residential care home.

James Noble opening the service with Lord Mayor Cllr Ross Irving and Lady Mayoress Cllr Christine Warren, as well as SSL staff and residents.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Eastgate, in Longton, has opened its doors following two years of partnership work between the support and housing provider and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The service, which accepts referrals from both the city council and Staffordshire County Council opened with a launch attended by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Cllr Ross Irving.

Eastgate provides residential care for up to 11 residents and includes a number of self-contained flats for residents who develop their personal living skills and are ready for the next stage of independent living.

The launch event was a chance to reflect on the benefits of the personalised care and support offered by services like Eastgate, as illustrated by resident James Noble who was supported to take part in a Special Olympics event in mid-September.

A keen athlete, James was supported by SSL staff to attend the local Northwood Stadium to train in track events before going on to compete in the event at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

The launch event saw some extra recognition for James, who rubbed shoulders with the Lord Mayor and cut the ribbon alongside him to officially open the service.

SSL operations director Sarah Clarke-Kuehn said: “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic opportunity for all to raise funds for a good cause and create friendships in their community.

We’re immensely proud of James and all he’s accomplished; he’s a shining example of how the personalised care and support that our service offers can provide great benefits for residents.

Gary Tideswell, Local Service Manager

“We’re very grateful to the Lord Mayor for taking the time to visit us at Eastgate and officially open our service with James. We hope he had a great time and learned a lot about what we do.”

Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Cllr Irving said: “It was wonderful to see first-hand the facilities available to residents at Eastgate to help them with their independence and hear more about the tailored support they receive.

“Services like this can make a real difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities by giving them more independence and choice in their support.”

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