An award-winning care home for people with learning disabilities in Mansfield has been visited by a top Department of Health official.
Sanctuary Supported Living’s Corner House, on St Margaret’s Street, was visited by Glen Mason, director of people, communities and local government.
Corner House was chosen for the visit following the win of the Citizenship Award at the National Learning Disability Awards in May which recognises work done to promote inclusion and integration in the community.
The visit was arranged through a partnership between the Department of Health, the Great British Care Awards and the National Learning Disability Awards to look at examples of best practice, as identified through the winners of the May awards.
Corner House local service manager Jo Hardwick said: “We were very honoured to be able to show Mr Mason round Corner House and talk about the work we do.
“We were proud to be able to tell him of the strong links we have forged with Nottinghamshire Police and the activities we have been able to provide for people with learning disabilities across the area, thanks to generous support from local businesses and organisations.”
Dr Mason said: “I was really impressed by the passion, energy, skill and commitment to achieving great outcomes for service users that I witnessed at Sanctuary Supported Living’s home in Mansfield.
“The staff had fully embraced the concept of personalisation and were putting it in to practice in a real and meaningful way.
“The dedication of the staff not only to the people they were working with but also the wider community was evident in activities such as the weekly Arts Club, fire safety training and the training of police officers.”
Corner House provides residential care for 12 residents with learning disabilities, as well as support direct to people’s homes for a further nine clients.