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CIC Annual review 2010/2011


New housing service

Armed with his famous tickling sticks, comedy legend Ken Dodd brought laughter and merriment to the opening of a new North West service, Marston Gardens. Lucky resident, Lynn Doyle, joined the master of mirth to cut the ribbon on the new housing project.

“It’s amazing how, in such a short space of time, we have created our own little community here at Marston Gardens,” says Service Manager, Michelle Duval.

Marston Gardens, built by Cosmopolitan Housing, in conjunction with Knowsley Council provides 23 purpose built ‘extra care’ apartments, offering both independence and day-to-day support for people with a diverse range of needs, including learning difficulties, physical disabilities, mental health issues and those in need of CIC’s support.

Once inside, “Doddy” unveiled a commemorative plaque, recognising the hard work and commitment which has gone into developing the brand new, state of the art, £2.8m scheme.

As well as a range of flexible personalized support packages and a 24 hour staff base, residents are able to enjoy their own self-contained one or two bed apartments which includes a fully fitted kitchen, lounge and wet room with walk in shower. Marston Gardens also offers a communal lounge and kitchen, laundry room, assisted bathroom, IT suite, treatment and therapy rooms and gardens. Innovation is a key feature, with a wide range of assistive technologies on hand to maximise tenants’ independence and quality of life.

“This scheme is more than just giving people somewhere to live; it’s about giving them a home too, helping them lead fuller lives within their community. So whilst people may just want to spend time in their own flat, they have the choice of coming down to the lounge to socialise and relax with their neighbours.”

“Partnership working has played an important role in making this service so successful and I can’t speak highly enough of the other organisations we have worked with, such Cosmopolitan Housing and Knowsley Council, to get this project off the ground. We believe that these fantastic facilities and our excellent care and support will make Marston Gardens a happy, homely and secure place to live for all of our tenants.”


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