Hindley housing project opens for residents with additional needs

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colleagues stood outside of Hyndelle lodge

A new 33-home development designed specifically to suit the needs of residents with autism, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and older people is set to welcome the first residents through its doors.

Construction at Hyndelle Lodge in Hindley is now complete as the council continues to improve its housing offer so it can meet the needs of people with additional care and support requirements.

Hyndelle Lodge has 12 apartments for residents with autism or learning disabilities, 14 apartments for adults with learning disabilities, six bungalows for older people and one specialist wheelchair adapted family bungalow.

Staff in adult and social care have played a key role in the design of the building so every room is adapted to the meet the needs of the residents moving in.

Built on the site of the former Hyndelle Lodge day care centre, the facility comprises of a state-of-the-art immersive sensory room and has retained mature trees on site so they can be incorporated into the plans for a woodland walk.

state-of-the-art immersive sensory room
state-of-the-art immersive sensory room 

It is the third specialist supported accommodation scheme Wigan Council has built in the last two years with the first being Mayfield in Orrell and the second at Marigold Lodge in Golborne which was just completed in July.

Coun Keith Cunliffe, Wigan Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for adult and social care, said: “The construction of these latest homes reaffirms the council’s ambition to supporting local people with additional needs so they can live happy, independent and fulfilling lives.

“We are committed to delivering high-quality affordable homes which play a key role in keeping people independent in their own homes but that also tackle social isolation by connecting them to a local community.”

Care and support at Hyndelle Lodge is being provided by Community Integrated Care (CIC), a social care charity, whose aim is to deliver services which gives people real choice and control over how they live their lives.

Samantha Brennan, managing director at Community Integrated Care said: “We’re proud to be working with Wigan Council to deliver world-class support at Hyndelle Lodge. The service is outstanding, with an immersive sensory room which takes your breath away, I can’t wait for the people we support to experience it.

“As a care provider, we aim to support people to live the best lives possible, promoting independence and helping people achieve their personal goals. We’re looking forward to welcoming the people we will support and a new dedicated support team to Hyndelle Lodge over the coming weeks.”

The Hindley development is funded through a combination of the council’s capital programme and Homes England’s Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes programme.

Wigan Council has been investing in new social housing for many years and since 2010 has helped develop 482 new homes in the programme.

Construction in Hindley started in October 2018 and has been undertaken by Willmott Dixon who also built affordable bungalows and houses in Mayfield Road.