The Wessex Autistic Society is delighted to have officially opened its latest adult residential home, Rose Cottage, which is located in the picturesque New Forest village of Bransgore near Christchurch.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Lofts, who officially opened the event, praised the Charity for their ongoing commitment to the local community in making the lives of those affected by autism better. Including the wider community, over 2 million people in the UK are affected by autism; this is the same number as those living with a diagnosis of cancer at any one time in the UK.
Director of Social Care Services at The Wessex Autistic Society, Jon Wyatt comments; “Rose Cottage will accommodate 4 adults, with each room enjoying private bathroom facilities and private annex accommodation for one resident. The Charity has committed substantial funds to ensure a high standard of accommodation in line with existing services and suitable for residents to move into their new home. We are thrilled to be welcoming our first service user in September. We hope Rose Cottage will be a lifelong home for all of its residents.”
The 4 bedroom period property boasts a secluded, mature garden with a summer house. A short distance from the village centre the property is well positioned for residents to enjoy an excellent quality of life.
Jon continues; “We have so many people to thank for making this happen, from building contractors to fundraisers to parents and staff alike. Due to demand for residential places the Charity aims to open a home for adults each year, and we are already searching for our next property. Staff support is high at all of our residential homes and a comprehensive assessment of each person’s needs informs daily programmes of activity tailored to each service user’s needs and wishes. Each service user has one Keyworker, a Deputy Manager and the Manager to oversee their personalised care plan.”
Rose Cottage aims to provide an environment which allows each individual to feel confident to express themselves, maximise their potential and involve a good quality of life.
The Wessex Autistic Society currently operates 6 residential homes accommodating 28 adults across the region from Christchurch to Crewkerne. Each property intentionally caters for small groups of people, up to a maximum of 4, in order to offer individualised support
The Wessex Autistic Society is a leading local voluntary organisation delivering education, support and care services for people on the autism spectrum in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset, and outreach to anyone else who may need us, regardless of where they may be. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability for which there is no cure.
The Charity host fundraising events throughout the year and as well as asking people to attend, the Charity is always in need of volunteers. Forthcoming events hosted by the Charity include their brand new Cerne Burn 10k run being held at Minterne Magna on 30 Sep. This will be quickly followed by the charity’s third successive ‘Helping Handbag Charity Auction’ being held at 1812 in Bournemouth on 11th Oct from 7.30pm. To find out any further information about the Charity please visit www.twas.org.uk. For further information about Rose Cottage or our adult residential properties, please contact Jon Wyatt on 01305 213131.