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£1.25m supported housing scheme to open

Rosedale 1 low-resFlats now available - offering local people with learning disabilities independence - in a supported environment.

A £1.25 million supported housing scheme for local people with learning disabilities is about to open its doors in Shipston-on-Stour.

Flats at Rosedale are now available – offering local people with learning disabilities independent living, but in a supported environment.

The scheme will open on June 9th, providing ten brand new affordable flats, which benefit from on-site support from Heart of England Mencap.

Anyone interested in moving in to Rosedale is encouraged to get in touch now.

All flats have easy access on the ground or first floor. As well as offering a level of independence – ideal for those in transition from school or college or living with family but wanting to live more independently – support is always on hand. There are also communal areas, including a sitting room, conservatory and garden, where residents can get together to socialise. Rosedale also offers easy access to the town centre and its community.

The new housing, in Stratford Road, is a partnership between Heart of England Mencap, the housing provider Orbit Heart of England, its development arm, Orbit Homes, and Stratford District Council. Funding has also come from the Home and Communities Agency.

Work started last August to replace two houses – which were no longer fit for purpose - with the new flats.

Helena Wallis, Chief Executive at Heart of England Mencap, says Rosedale marks a new era in supported living in south Warwickshire:

“There is a move away from residential care homes towards independent living accommodation, in a supported environment, which takes into account the changing needs of the existing and new residents requiring a home and providing the appropriate level of support,” she explained.

“Rosedale is a wonderful new facility. It is eco-friendly and it has been specifically designed to integrate and merge with the local brick cottage style. Most importantly we are delighted by how positively our customers have responded to this exciting opportunity which will enable them to live independent lives with appropriate support for their needs.”

The keys will be handed over on June 9th – with some residents – those who had lived at the previous Mencap properties on the new Rosedale site – ready and excited to be moving into brand new homes.

Later in the month a time capsule will be buried on site – with residents joined by local schoolchildren. There are also plans for a neighbourhood event, to show local residents around Rosedale.

Helen Petitdemange, Business Development Manager for Orbit Independent Living added: “We are delighted that the new scheme is almost ready and we look forward to welcoming the residents to their new homes. Rosedale is a great example of how partnership working can deliver positive and lasting changes for local people.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the availability of the new homes is encouraged to contact the team at Heart of England Mencap on 01789 298709 or visit