Former care home residents re-housed through college scheme

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RESIDENTS who were forced to moved out of a Mansfield care home have been able to stay in the local area thanks to a college initiative.

As reported in Chad, Shirebrook Meadows in Mansfield Woodhouse shut last month for ‘financial reasons’ leaving the 12 residents in need of alternative accommodation.

Five of the former residents are now taking advantage of Portland College’s Portland Freedom short-stay scheme.

The move will give them time to find a new long-term home, develop new skill and meet new friends.

One resident said: “I was gutted when Meadows closed as I had been there for over 10 years.

“I came to look round Portland and it was perfect for my needs, so I had no worries about moving here. So far I have learned new independence skills, met new people and the facilities and staff here are all excellent.”

Dave Wortley, independent living commissioning and development manager at Portland said: “It was distressing to read of the closure of the care home in Mansfield Woodhouse and obviously the residents suffered as a result of this.

“We are pleased that we have been able to help some of these people through Portland Freedom and offer a suitable placement. Our experience in dealing with people with disabilities makes us ideally placed in this regard and we are currently supporting people on both short-stay breaks and also developing their independence and life skills.”

Portland also offers an independent living programme.