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Kane is now able!

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Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Health

A Two Rivers home has literally transformed the life of a young Cinderford family, offering new freedom to one of its junior residents.

Moving home is an exciting time for most people, but for Dean Ormond, Emma Davies and their children, Bethany-Jane (8), Kane (6) and two-year-old Bentley, the move to a three-bedroom bungalow has completely changed their lives.

Kane suffers from Cerebral Palsy, which means he struggles to move around and often uses a wheelchair. The family’s previous house in Ruardean presented everyday challenges for Kane and his family, but moving to the bungalow in Cinderford has changed all that.

The family worked with Two Rivers Housing’s Technical Support Officer, Alan Parsons and Paediatric Occupational Therapists from the Gloucestershire County Council, to enable the not-for-profit housing association to understand the issues the family faced in its Ruardean home.  Numerous staff had been keeping a look out for a more suitable home for the family and when the Cinderford home became available, Neighbourhood Housing Advisor, Clive Wilce was on the phone to the family straight away. He said: “It ticked all the boxes and when they had a look around, they signed-up straight away. We all knew it was absolutely perfect.”

Kane can now move around the whole of the house, meaning he no longer has to wait for his parents to take him upstairs to the bathroom. The car port gives them protection from the elements when taking him in and out of the house, and he is able to move freely around the house to play with his siblings.

This summer, Kane will also be able to enjoy playing out in the garden, which he was unable to do at their last home due to a four foot wall surrounding it.

Dean Ormond said: “It has been life-changing for us. Kane keeps saying, “This house is cool.” He is so much happier in himself here and the house has just allowed him to act his age.”

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