£500,000 unit for students

PUBLISHED: 12:16 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:54 12 May 2010

SETTLING  IN: Resident Russell Henke at Orchard Manor with co-ordinator of volunteers Rosemary Johnson and care manager Helen Goodwin. 	2044DW3

SETTLING IN: Resident Russell Henke at Orchard Manor with co-ordinator of volunteers Rosemary Johnson and care manager Helen Goodwin. 2044DW3

Students at a residential school near Royston can now benefit from a new £500,000 unit which will help smooth their transition into the adult world. Up to 30 people from 18-25 with complex care, support, and learning needs will be based at the new site, O

Students at a residential school near Royston can now benefit from a new £500,000 unit which will help smooth their transition into the adult world.

Up to 30 people from 18-25 with complex care, support, and learning needs will be based at the new site, Orchard Manor, at Meldreth Manor School.

The unit, which was funded by Scope, an organisation which helps people with cerebral palsy, has support rooms and a communual lounge set in a homely environment.

Rosemary Johnson, co-ordinator of volunteers, said: "The service seeks to fill the gap between school and adult life by offering training in life and social skills designed specifically for young disabled adults.

"We help our residents to develop their choice-making skills and independence during their time at Orchard Manor.

"These skills will equip them to make a successful transition into any adult services that they may require."

During their stay, students will be able to access opportunities and facilities in the wider community such as cinemas, restaurants, and doctors' surgeries.

The team is looking for volunteer drivers to take students on these trips.

For more information call Rosemary Johnson on 01763 268013.

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