New build for people with disabilities
A Canterbury charity is fundraising for a second accommodation facility to enable people with disabilities to live independently. Conductive Education Canterbury (CEC) is raising funds for the demolition and rebuild of a new transitional home for people living with disabilities.
Two houses sit on the CEC’s property in Waltham, the accommodation facility and an ‘‘old dunger’’. This property will be demolished and rebuilt to home five people with disabilities transitioning into independent flatting life.
CEC national coordinator Sally Thomas said the needs of people with disabilities were changing. She said everybody had dreams of independent living.
The new facility would be a transitional accommodation for people with disabilities to learn the skills needed to live alone while in a supportive environment, she said.
‘‘It’s a really big vision but a really important one. We need to think beyond the people we’re currently supporting and what they need for the future.’’
Olivia Barr lives at home with her family but is trying to upskill herself so she can eventually move out. Busy juggling the gym, her part-time job and her social life, the 25-year-old with cerebral palsy has not let her disability get in the way of living her life.
‘‘I can see myself flatting in the future,’’ she said. ‘‘I can already cook with some assistance, but I would like to be able to manage household expenses and how I calculate this. Learn how to pay power, internet and phone bills.
‘‘A house where I could learn how to live independently would be great as it is outside of my home environment and comfort zone.’’
The first CEC housing project, finished in 2016, is leased to clients at Brackenridge. Chief executive Pip Stewart said there was a demand amongst adults and young adults living with disabilities to live independently whilst in a community.
‘‘People with learning disabilities and autism have dreams and aspirations like anybody else. Some times they need some help to achieve those and this home would be helpful in making that happen.’’
Olivia Barr, 25.