To provide respite care for people with learning disabilities. This would include, for the first time, people who depend upon wheelchairs.
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New Directions is a local charity providing care and support to adults with learning disabilities by residential, domiciliary, respite and day service. We serve Rugby and surrounding areas. It is estimated that there are some 350 people who need this service in our area. We currently support about 50 clients, employ 62 staff and have a turnover of ¬£1.4 million. This project is to provide residential respite/short stay for people with learning disabilities, including those who also have physical disabilities, eg wheelchair users. There is no accommodation in the area for learning-disabled people who use wheelchairs. Our current respite provision is no longer up to modern standards and this project would create wheelchair-friendly facilities and modernise our present service. We want to convert an old, dilapidated, building into single-storey accommodation, This will provide three self-contained bedrooms with shared kitchen and living space. They will all be accessible to people in wheelchairs and can also be used by ambulant clients. We have taken advice from a local Architect and are confident about the feasibility. Estimated cost is ¬£300,000.
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