Heathcotes Wakefield - update

6th Dec 2011

Richard McGill2

The Heathcotes Group is building an exciting new development for adults with learning disabilities in Wakefield and after a recent site vist, Rich McGill provided a progress report.

"Things have moved on in just a few weeks. Demolition work is already complete and as a result, the outlook is much improved - we'll have a nice view! The foundations are down and the walls are already going up. We also putting a gate to the rear of the site onto the open land, so that we can use that for walking and recreation. The local amenities look good, - pub opposite, Co-Op round the corner, a park 100 yards away, and Sandal & Agbrigg railway station at the top of the hill - handy for services to promote community access and for staff who are commuting. The Wakefield Wildcats rugby league stadium is just down the road too, as is the fantastic Hepworth Gallery."

Rich added, "I've also started doing my first reconnaissance on the Wakefield social care landscape. I went to a voluntary sector marketplace-type event and did a bit of networking with some of the community-based organisations and the people at Social Care Direct.  Collected piles of information and leaflets, as you do! Looking forward to what comes next now. Very excited with it all."

Barry Price, Regional Manager for Heathcotes Northern Region added, "I'm really looking forward to delivering a bespoke, purpose-built service for adults with learning disabilities in Wakefield; we're expecting to be up and running in February 2012, so I'd be happy to hear from anyone who is interested in finding out more about us or in making an enquiry or referral."

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