Innovative new scheme launches to support young people with autism
CONSTRUCTION has officially begun this week on the development of a new supported housing complex in Thurrock for young people with autism.
Taking place at Medina Road in Grays, the development will deliver six new fully adapted standard homes for people who live with autism. The development is the first of its kind for Thurrock and will provide a 24 hour a day personalised care and support service for residents.
The ground breaking event took place at the Medina Road site in Grays on Thursday 25 October to mark the beginning of the construction work.
Construction work is being undertaken by Peabody in association with the council, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, The Autism Action Group and the Homes and Communities Agency. Work is expected to be completed on the site by Autumn 2019.
Councillor Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Social Care, was in attendance at the launch event and said, “The housing, care and support provided at Medina Road will mean that six young adults with autism will have the opportunity to stay in, grow and develop in, their own community amongst their family, friends and neighbours.
“We recognise that no two people with autism are the same, with each requiring a tailored support plan to help them maintain their independence and lead the best life possible.”
Richard Priest, Peabody Regional Director Care and Support Essex, said: “We are really pleased to be working In partnership with Thurrock Council to build and deliver this specialised accommodation and high level support for people with autism. We are passionate about supporting the most vulnerable in our communities and believe in ensuring that the design and specification of this accommodation meets the lifelong needs of our customers.”