New Kendal housing opens

A pub in Kendal that's been closed for six years has been converted into seven supported living flats for vulnerable young people with learning disabilities.

Supported living flats officially open

A pub in Kendal that's been closed for six years has been converted into seven supported living flats for vulnerable young people with learning disabilities.

Fairoak housing has over 40 more people on the waiting list for similar accommodation in Cumbria.

South Lakeland District Council gave the project a grant of £100,000 to get the building work started.

It's now been officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria and eight people are living independently for the first time, in walking distance of the town centre and work.

They live in a building with other people with learning disabilities, making friends and getting help while also having the freedom to live on their own.

The level of support depends on the individual's disability but typically they're given help with things like cooking, cleaning and bathing.

New flats will give young people 'a real chance'

“It is marvellous to see this project finally come to fruition. The living accommodation and office space has been converted to a very high standard and we’re delighted to see that the SLDC grant of £100,000 which has enabled this scheme, will give these young people a real chance not only to live in the community, but also to feel safe.”

– Cllr Jonathan Brook, portfolio holder for Strategic Growth

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New flats help young people live independently from family

Vulnerable young people are celebrating the opening of their new homes in south Cumbria.

The supported living-flats have been converted from an historic vacant building in the centre of Kendal. It had been derelict for several years.

Now, it has been transformed into eight units for young people, allowing them to take care of themselves.

Steven Marshall's son Josh now lives in one of the flats:

New housing scheme will 'meet the needs' of vulnerable young people

“I’m thrilled to see the first tenants of this new development now enjoying their new homes. The scheme will provide much needed accommodation for vulnerable young people in the Kendal area. By SLDC and Fairoak’s working together they have been able to ensure that the Kendal Bowman development will meet the needs of vulnerable young people and like all other sheltered housing schemes, we expect a high demand for these types of properties.”

– Claire Hensman, the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria

Supported housing opens in Kendal

A pub in Kendal that's been closed for six years has been converted into seven supported living flats for vulnerable young people with learning disabilities.

Fairoak housing has over 40 more people on the waiting list for similar accommodation in Cumbria.

Around 20 of them want housing in the Kendal area.

South Lakeland District Council gave the project a grant of £100,000 to get the building work started.