Resident praises Gayton independent living programme

Frankie Hannant at Sail Close in Gayron ANL-150104-155612001
Frankie Hannant at Sail Close in Gayron ANL-150104-155612001
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A new concept for people with learning difficulties or mental health needs has proved a boon for its first resident, Frankie Hannant.

Frankie, 22, moved into a new home created and run by care provider Regard in the grounds of Sail Close in Gayton – a supported living service for people with mental health needs run by care provider Regard.

Resembling individual bungalows, the units are completely self-contained.

Frankie has been at Sail Close for four years, moving there from children’s services. He lacked living skills and originally had two staff to support him. Since moving into his own home in the grounds, he has developed the confidence to live independently.

Two homes built at Sail Close are the first of a series of My Home units, where people can take steps towards looking after themselves and living independently. Regard is planning to open other similar facilities across the country.

Gemma Watson, care manager, said: “Frankie has progressed in all aspects of his care needs and development, and has achieved so many things in different areas. He now attends college three days a week, without Sail Close staff, which is a fantastic achievement.

Frankie said: “I enjoy my new home and the independence I have in it. I enjoy going out in the community and chatting to people, I have learned a lot from college and made new friends.

“I have progressed well in college and received good reports, my goal is to take a life skills course this year at the College of West Anglia. I’m also going to Center Parcs for a holiday.”

Many people with learning difficulties who have relied on Mum and Dad into adulthood then have to make their way in the world and need to learn skills, such as cooking, looking after themselves and having their own space.

The two “My Home” units have been designed to a high specification with a pitched tiled roof, double glazing and heating provided by electric panels on the walls and solar panels installed on the back of each roof.

They are completely self-contained with each having a bedroom, bathroom and living area with kitchen. They share a decked garden area.