Charity tackling ‘shortage’ of housing for disabled people in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:50 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:21 04 July 2013

A charity is tackling the “shortage” of housing for people with learning disabilities in Redbridge with a new home.

Three men have moved into the specially adapted house in Barkingside.

It was brought with funds from Golden Lane Housing, which is a part of learning disability charity Mencap.

The men have a personal budget and are being supported by the charity to live independent lives.

Similar projects are starting across England and Wales with £8million funding.

According to Mencap, there are 46,74 people with a learning disability in Redbridge but due to a “severe shortage” of appropriate social housing, only obne in three live independently.

Daymien Todd, who has just moved into the home said he was “really looking forward” to living with his friends.

He added: “We’re planning to set up the garage so that Stephen (McHale)and I can practice our DJ-ing.”

Teresa McHale (Stephen’s mother) said: “We’re really happy that Stephen and his friends will be getting support from Mencap to carry on leading fulfilling and independent lives and to do all the things they enjoy doing.”

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