Home away from home in Bath where guests fit right in
An organisation which supports adults with learning disabilities and autism has launched a respite and short breaks service in Bath.
Newton House, run by Dimensions, aims to provide a homely environment.
The house in Twerton is run by trained support workers, who tailor each guest's stay to their individual needs.
City MP Don Foster, who visited Newton House for the launch, said: "Where people live is fundamental to how they experience life.
"The people I have met want to be a part of their community and being able to participate in local life, such as shopping, going to the cinema and having a local voice helps to connect people who can otherwise feel isolated and cut off.
"Supporting the housing needs of our society's most vulnerable people is fundamental to helping people achieve greater independence, confidence and self-esteem.
"Newton House is a positive example of how a housing and social care provider is working together with people to design, develop and deliver outcomes that make a difference."
While staying at Newton House guests are able to go out in the community with social workers, visiting the cinema and restaurants, shopping, and going for walks. They are also able to take part in tasks in the house, such as cooking.
Dimensions operating director Luke Joy-Smith said: "At Dimensions we are widely recognised for our work in delivering personalised services that enable people to realise their potential. We have seen the positive impact of shifting the traditional balance of power from the person providing support to the person being supported.
"People we support have told us access to housing and participation in their community are vital to their quality of life."
To find out more visit www.dimensions-uk.org/ support-services/newton-house.