Proud resident cuts ribbon as Manchester home for learning disabilities opens

A proud resident has been given the honour of cutting the inaugural ribbon as a new residential scheme for adults with learning difficulties was opened in Stockport.

Heys Court will provide 19 apartments focussed on allowing disadvantaged adults to live a more independent life, with a further six to be used as assessment units for residents with more severe illnesses.

Ben Rhodes, 20, has lived in his apartment for eight weeks now, and he said that he was thrilled to be given the honour of opening the complex.

“It’s great living here,” he said.

“I like having my own home and my own front door.”

The apartments have taken 47 weeks to build at a cost of £1.55million by the housing association and Stockport Council, with the Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group helping with the funding.

They will feature a warden call system that has been developed to allow bespoke assistive technology additions for individual residents.

Councillor Keith Holloway, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Supporting Adults, expressed his delight at attending the opening, while also stating his hope that the houses will help residents stay closer to their families.

He said: “The Heys Court development will provide people with learning disabilities somewhere local to live, where they can be independent and have a better quality of life.

“The assessment apartments on Stockport Road will also help people return to Stockport and prevent the need for residents to be placed out of the borough.”

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