£1.7m housing scheme opens at Abbots Cross

Patricia McErlane, Rosemary Wray, supported living manager, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Irene Brown, Ellen Johnston and Liz Cuddy, chair, Helm Housing at the official opening of Abbots Court in Newtownabbey. INNT 24-451-CON
Patricia McErlane, Rosemary Wray, supported living manager, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Irene Brown, Ellen Johnston and Liz Cuddy, chair, Helm Housing at the official opening of Abbots Court in Newtownabbey. INNT 24-451-CON
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Helm Housing Association and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust have officially opened the Abbots Court development in Abbots Cross.

The development, which is made up of 14 self-contained homes for people with learning difficulties, is a supported housing scheme built by Helm Housing with the support of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) and private finance.

Abbots Court was officially opened by Liz Cuddy, chair, Helm Housing Association, who underlined the importance of partnership working between health and housing.

Liz said: “Our vision, to build neighbourhoods and create thriving and empowered communities, is truly realised through developments such as Abbots Court which see first class accommodation and support provided to those in need.”

The scheme cost almost £1.7 million and is designed to meet the specific needs of people with learning difficulties.

The development has a mix of one and two-bedroom self-contained units, which include dedicated units for wheelchair users.

The facility is managed by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust which provides 24-hour support to the tenants.

Alyson Dunn, assistant director of Learning Disability Service, at the Trust, added: “Abbots Court is shows the value and potential when care and housing providers work directly together.

“Living here has had a positive impact on residents’ lives and this care model ensures that vulnerable people can feel safe and secure in their homes and neighbourhoods.

“We look forward to working with Helm Housing in future to ensure the continued success of this project.”