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The Da Vinci housing scheme celebrates its official opening

Wellingborough celebrated the success of its first Independent Living Scheme for adults with disabilities last week when Da Vinci held its official opening ceremony on Wednesday 19 March.

Situated on Croyland Road, the pioneering new housing scheme opened its doors in November 2013. A result of a partnership between Olympus Care Services, Orbit Independent Living, Orbit Homes and Seagrave Developments, Da Vinci is now home to 19 permanent tenants and 5 customers currently living in reablement flats.

Resident Robert Bates commented on the impact it  has made to his life “ It’s a good place to live, I’ve enjoyed making new friends [and] I feel much more settled since moving in. I feel as though I get the exact care I need. I’m encouraged to look after myself and eat healthily. I am now living a much more settled, enjoyable life than I was 3 months ago.”

The opening ceremony was attended by figures from across Wellingborough Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Wellingborough Homes.

Councillor Patel, Cabinet member for Adult Care Services, was impressed by his visit. “I was delighted to recently be able to attend the Da Vinci opening on 19 March and was very pleased at being able to witness what a great success this has been.  It was great to see the result of such great partnership working between Northamptonshire County Council, Olympus Care Services and Orbit Independent Living. The facilities and support that are being provided are fabulous and I look forward to following the future success of this project and seeing the happiness of all Da Vinci residents.”

Helen Petitdemange, Business Development Manager for Orbit Independent Living, was closely involved in the project alongside key members of Olympus Care Services and Seagrave Developments. She says; “It was a fantastic day and really heart warming to hear how so many of our customers have developed friendships with their new neighbours in such a short amount of time. It has been a privilege to work in partnership with Olympus Care Services, Seagrave Developments and Wellingborough Borough Council. The 25 brand new, high quality new homes will go a long way to help local people to live more independently within their community.”