A bake-off between residents living at an Essex supported living scheme marked a major make-over for their home and the introduction of changes to give them more independence.
MP Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, attended the socially distanced event at Hart Lodge, Romford, held to recognise the transition of the scheme to a supported living facility.
The deregistration will allow the scheme’s seven residents and future residents to live more independent lives. In addition, the scheme has undergone a refurbishment.
The MP was on hand to sample the residents’ baking and were quick to praise the new culinary skills residents have developed during lockdown.
The scheme is run by Adjuvo Care, part of Valorum Care Group, and provides accommodation and support for people with mental health issues from across Havering and Barking & Dagenham. It has been switched from a residential home to a supported living scheme, which will enable the residents to live more independent lives with support when required.
Scheme manager Barbara Digby said: “Residents have been honing their baking skills during lockdown and it was their idea to mark the switch to supported living with a bake-off event.
“The residents have all the life skills needed to live more independently now, but they will of course be able to call on support when they require it.
“The last few months have been difficult in lockdown and the idea of the switch to a more independent way of life has kept residents going. They have used their time well to ensure they are well prepared.
“As the lockdown lifts, we look forward to welcoming more residents to the scheme. We have a fantastic group of people here who just want to live independent lives like the rest of us.”
The residents produced an array of baked products for the event attendees to take away. They also gave a short talk about what independent living means for them.
Andrew Rosindell MP said “I’m really proud to have been asked today to visit this wonderful new home for people who want to live in our community, but need support. I can see the efforts of the staff and all the people who have worked so hard to make this a real home for people to live. The love that’s shown and the kindness that I have seen is a great example of how people that need supported living can live in our community happily, peacefully and as equal members of our community.”