Celebration barbecue in Mitcham

Published: 23 Aug 2013

Tenants, support workers and invited guests gathered at Ability’s supported living development in Mitcham last Friday for a celebration barbecue to mark the official opening of the new development.

Mark Clenaghan of South West London & St George’s MH NHS Trust welcomed everyone and said the new homes were ‘first class’ and will provide much needed accommodation for people in Merton recovering from a mental health illness.

The 24 new, self-contained spacious flats were purpose-built and replace Layton House, an older-style hostel, shared in Wimbledon. As well as being built to a very high standard with efficient heating and insulation to reduce energy bills, the flats are also very stylish with smart new kitchens, luxury bathrooms and under-floor heating.

The tenants have settled very happily into their new homes. Here are some of their comments:

“I feel safe here in my own flat and I love having my own kitchen and bathroom.”

“I’m very pleased with the standard of the flat. It’s very light and airy and makes me feel cheerful and nice.”

“I feel very privileged to live here”

David Williams, Ability Chief Executive added: “Ability is committed to providing all its customers with high quality, self-contained homes and personalised support. We are convinced that this is the best way to enable people who want to live more independently to achieve their full potential. We can see here how the tenants have blossomed since they have enjoyed full control over their living environments.”

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