Craegmoor, part of the Priory Group of Companies, has invested more than £800,000 in refurbishing and expanding its residential services in Wakefield for individuals requiring specialist support for Autism and related complex needs.
To open in two phases, the project will see Woodhouse in East Ardsley undergo a major refurbishment to increase its capacity to nine bedrooms and nine flats. The new service will be called Woodhouse Hall.
When completed later in October, phase one of the scheme will provide nine bedrooms and one flat within Woodhouse Hall, while phase two will provide a further eight studio apartments, opening early next year, on the site of the adjacent former Mayfield service, which is currently empty. It is expected that job opportunities will become available for local people as the project progresses.
Woodhouse Hall will be carefully designed to ensure that the environment is optimised for individuals on the autistic spectrum, including the use of therapeutic colours for wall coverings, lighting and furnishings.
The second phase of the development will provide individual flats to encompass the best principles of skill development and focus on a pathway to independent living in supported tenancies.
An Open Day will be held on 23rd October between 11am and 4pm to enable interested parties to view the facilities and meet with staff.
Sarah Hughes, managing director of Craegmoor, said: “This investment in our autism services in Wakefield will make a huge difference to families in the area impacted by autism and other related complex needs.
“The new £800,000 facility will bring together our track-record of delivering high-quality care with, a brand new, therapeutically designed environment and the best support for independent living to provide a truly unique service.”