JBD seeks ex­tra sites to meet rise in de­mand

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

AHEAD OF build­ing work start­ing on Jewish Blind and Dis­abled’s eighth home in the Lon­don area, chief ex­ec­u­tive Hazel Kaye says her team is al­ready search­ing for ad­di­tional sites to sat­isfy a grow­ing wait­ing list.

Ms Kaye re­vealed this week that build­ing work will be­gin on its lat­est prop­erty in Bushey in the sum­mer, with com­ple­tion sched­uled for the lat­ter part of 2017.

The new £6.7 mil­lion home will ad­join JBD’s Ce­cil Rosen Court, which opened in 2014 and is at full ca­pac­ity with 60 ten­ants in 42 one-bed­room flats. It will have 19 flats, four of them two-bed­room, which will suit in­di­vid­u­als or cou­ples with spe­cial­ist needs. As with its homes in north Lon­don and the Red­bridge area, res­i­dents will be sup­ported in liv­ing in­de­pen­dently. Al­though the new home will op­er­ate as a sep­a­rate en­tity from the ex­ist­ing one, Ms Kaye said ten­ants would ben­e­fit from the so­cial com­mu­nity built up in Ce­cil Rosen Court.

“We’ve also had amaz­ing sup-

Hazel Kaye port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, which has wel­comed us with open arms. Bushey Syn­a­gogue runs Shab­bat kid­dushim here and vol­un­teers from the shul visit reg­u­larly.”

Just un­der half the fund­ing has been raised for the pro­ject. “We’re con­stantly sav­ing for our next build­ing as we know we need to grow. We know that Bar­net and Hert­ford­shire are go­ing to be the key ar­eas of de­mand but it’s hard to find suit­able land.”

In­clud­ing cou­ples, there are around 90 peo­ple on the char­ity’s wait­ing list and Ms Kaye pointed out that new projects gen­er­ated in­creased in­ter­est. “And as one-in-five peo­ple will be af­fected by phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity or vis­ual im­pair­ment at some point in their lives, the need is po­ten­tially huge. That’s why we know that de­mand will only in­crease. It’s so im­por­tant that ev­ery­one who needs us knows about us.”

JBD pro­motes it­self in shul jour­nals, li­aises with med­i­cal surg­eries and runs ses­sions in schools about

liv­ing with dis­abil­ity.

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