Supporting independent living for adults with learning disabilities

We have approved plans to improve the support offered to local adults with learning disabilities, helping them to live independently.

Where will the improvements take place?

£735,000 has been allocated to extend and improve the Cherry Trees’ respite facility in Shepley which offers short stays to adults with learning disabilities and associated support needs in order to give their family carers a break.  This investment decision was made to ensure that we are able to support the next generation of individuals and enable them to stay well and continue living with their families. 

What will the facility include?

The facility will include a Sensory Bathroom that features a multi-sensory bath (incorporating warm air spa, LED light system and integrated speakers with Bluetooth connectivity as well as a changing table); and a Sensory Room, with multi-sensory facilities to suit various sensory needs.  The new service will be accessible for all existing and new service users.

When will the building work start?

Building works are due to start in March and the facility is expected to re-open later in the year.

The redevelopment of Cherry Trees is one of a suite of projects under a five-year capital delivery programme for adult social care at Kirklees Council. 

Cllr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said:

“I am pleased about the plans to refurbish and extend the facilities at Cherry Trees. 

The facility currently supports over 60 service users and their families and it’s vital that we respond to the changing needs of adults with learning disabilities. The improved facilities will represent our commitment to investing in the more vulnerable people of Kirklees.

They will also contribute to our overall objective of promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents and to provide the support people need to live happy and fulfilling lives.”

More information

Further information about developments at Cherry Trees can be found on our website.

One comment

  • barbara rushforth

    I am pleased to see this. Caring for a person with learning difficulties places a huge strain on the family so anything which improves their lot is to be welcomed.

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