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New accommodation model for 10 people with a disability in Narrabri

26 July 2011

Specialised accommodation for people with a disability is to be built in Narrabri, thanks to a grant of $2.56 million from the NSW Government.

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, today announced that the grant would go to Abbeyfield Australia to purchase land and build the specialised accommodation.

“The facility will be designed for adults with low to moderate support needs, and will provide enhanced community participation, social relationships, and increased skills in daily living for the residents,” Mr Constance said.

The Narrabri house will have 10 large bedsit apartments, two guest rooms and a housekeeper’s flat.

“The model that Abbeyfield is building is just one of a multitude of accommodation support models that are available to people with a disability,” Mr Constance said.

The Abbeyfield Society, which originated in England, has developed a service model for adults with a disability who have low to moderate support needs.

This approach uses a shared home which is community managed, where residents have their own rooms with separate access, but can also use shared dining, kitchen and lounge rooms. A housekeeper also lives on site.

Barwon MP, Kevin Humphries, said that the Abbeyfield model relied on community support through families and friends.

“While the NSW Government has provided the grant to purchase the land and build the house, thereafter the independent living home is supported by Abbeyfield, the very motivated families and the community,” Mr Humphries said.

“The development of alternative accommodation models that respond to the needs of people with a disability is a welcome initiative, and I commend the efforts and commitment of Abbeyfield in working towards the provision of independent living for young adults.”

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