Opening event for The Lodge in Farnham

Published: 14 Sep 2016

The Mayor of Waverly & CEO Jeff Skipp

The Mayor gets ready to open The Lodge, alongside Ability’s CEO Jeff Skipp

The Mayor of Waverley, Cllr Chris Storey was delighted to cut the ribbon for us at the official opening of The Lodge in Farnham on Friday 9 September.

Customers from all our Farnham services joined in the fun, alongside staff and local service commissioners.

The Lodge used to be a shared house for five people with complex physical and learning disabilities. But, last year, we decided on a redesign to meet changing local needs.

An Excellent Opening

Enjoying the sunshine at the official opening event

After six months of work, the building reopened in April, with three, ground-floor, wheelchair-accessible flats, and a one-bedroom flat on the first floor. Three of the flats are now occupied, with customers enjoying support from the 14 staff based at our Cavell House service next door.

The opening event turned into a great opportunity to meet people. The sun shone in the grounds shared by the two services and everyone enjoyed the food.

Colin – one of the customers at The Lodge – welcomed visitors to his home, so that everyone could see what a great job the building team had done. He said: “It’s like a palace. I’m so happy living here.”

Duncan, who lives in the first floor flat, agreed, saying: “I like the privacy here. I enjoy going out and seeing other guys in the garden. I’m happy with everything!”

Ability’s Chief Executive, Jeff Skipp said: “The Lodge is a shining example of the difference Ability make to the lives of people with disabilities through combining high-quality housing and design with excellent care and support.”

The opening was a hugely enjoyable event and a good opportunity to thank our Farnham care & support teams, for all their hard work over the past few months.

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