Unique service launches for people with learning disabilities and/or Autism

Lucie, an Allendale resident, alongside Tracey, a member of staff at Allendale.
Lucie, an Allendale resident, alongside Tracey, a member of staff at Allendale.

Newcastle City Council officially opened Allendale Court, a unique housing development for people living with learning disabilities, Autism, or both.

Allendale Court is one of very few similar in the country and brings different types of service together under one roof, working with the tenants to help them gain the skills and confidence to live independently.

The brand-new accommodation, which is part of The Garth housing development in West Denton, will support 15 people, each of which will have their own private bedroom, en-suite bathroom and vibrant, modern, communal living spaces.

Tenants will be supported round the clock by a dedicated team of workers who will help people develop the skills and confidence to live more independently in Newcastle. Allendale Court is proud to have create a safe, secure and welcoming environment.

The Leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes joined colleagues, tenants of Allendale Court and Councillor Karen Kilgour – cabinet member for health and social care for a celebratory launch of the service on 19th December. There was a short welcome speech and plaque unveiling, with Allendale Court tenant Lucie having the honour of unveiling the plaque.

Councillor Karen Kilgour, cabinet member for health and social care, welcomed guests to the event and said;

“I am delighted to officially open this fantastic new service. Supporting people with learning disabilities, Autism, or both to live happy, independent lives is so important.

 Some of the people moving in to Allendale Court are coming home to Newcastle after several years living away from their communities and families. Others have either had several moves already in their lives or have seen temporary placements extended for long periods of time.

For all these people Allendale Court will provide a stable and supportive environment where they can develop skills for more independent living.

You get a real sense of community and positivity when you talk to the residents and staff at Allendale Court and it’s no surprise that they are collectively achieving such fantastic, positive outcomes for the residents.

I am thrilled that this Council owned housing development has opened and would like to thank the partners who have played, and will continue to play, a key role in making this a reality.”

As well as the three dedicated apartments, each containing five rooms, a new Crisis service will open at the building in early 2019. This will offer accommodation for people living with a learning disability and/or Autism who need additional support away from their normal home environment for a short period of time.