Ravenswood looks to im­prove

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JC RE­PORTER

NOR­WOOD HAS launched a con­sul­ta­tion process with res­i­dents of its Ravenswood fa­cil­ity in Berk­shire and their fam­i­lies to as­sess how best to use va­cant build­ings and land and en­hance the liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The char­ity — which runs the res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties — es­ti­mates that 20 acres of land is no longer in use and could de­te­ri­o­rate over time.

Over the next few months, Nor­wood will gather the views of dozens of in­di­vid­u­als, rep­re­sen­ta­tive groups and other in­ter­ested par­ties about the is­sues in­volved.

Based on the re­sults, it will then de­velop a range of pos­si­ble op­tions for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion by Nor­wood’s trustee board.

Nor­wood’s op­er­a­tional ser­vices di­rec­tor David Har­ris said that a ma­jor de­sire was en­sur­ing that Ravenswood “con­tin­ues to be a pleas­ant place to live and work. Some of the build­ings and land are no longer used and un­less we reach a de­ci­sion about how to bet­ter utilise these ar­eas, l i f e for res­i­dents and staff may be ad­versely af­fected. All op­tions, in­clud­ing se­lec­tive de­vel­op­ment of the site, are up for dis­cus­sion and we are look­ing for­ward to hear­ing back from res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies.”

Mr Har­ris added: “We view this as an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment at Ravenswood for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple who­live­and work there and cre­ate a truly i n c l u - sive and i n t e - grated c o m - mu­nity.”

Nor­wood’s David Har­ris

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