Changes planned for Ravenswood

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

CHANGES ARE planned to Nor­wood’s Ravenswood Vil­lage res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity in Berk­shire in line with re­vised gov­ern­ment pol­icy that only those with com­plex dis­abil­i­ties should be placed in such com­mu­ni­ties.

The moves also re­flect the find­ings of an in­ter­nal re­view which have been shown to staff.

In the au­tumn, Nor­wood will open the state-of-the-art Pamela Bar­nett and Tager cen­tres at Ravenswood. The for­mer is for those with pro­found and mul­ti­ple learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, the lat­ter for peo­ple with com­plex needs on the autis­tic spec­trum.

“The ser­vices which we pro­vide at our homes in Berk­shire are at a cross­roads,” Nor­wood chief ex­ec­u­tive Norma Brier said this week. “We have been plan­ning for a chang­ing fu­ture, tak­ing ac­count of the gov­ern­ment’s agenda for learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, and our com­mit­ment to a per­son-cen­tred approach for the peo­ple who use our ser­vices.” The vil­lage has 150 res­i­dents. Pro­posed changes in­clude the clo­sure of re­dun­dant build­ings, mov­ing ser­vices to dif­fer­ent premises on the site and some staff re­struc­tur­ing.

A head of adults’ ser­vices post will be cre­ated to work across all of Nor­wood’s op­er­a­tions. Head of vil­lage Rod Clay is bring­ing for­ward his re­tire­ment to June.

Mrs Brier added that “Nor­wood re­mains com­mit­ted to the con­tin­u­a­tion of ser­vices to peo­ple liv­ing at Ravenswood. We ex­pect num­bers to re­main sim­i­lar for the fore­see­able fu­ture”.

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