Happy 20th birthday to Muir’s Rowlands Lodge
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Care and Support
Residents and staff at a housing scheme in Chester which provides support for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and physical disabilities have celebrated its 20th birthday.
"I’ve not only enjoyed living at Rowlands Lodge but I am more independent," said Christine, who has been a resident since the start. "The years have flown by and I’m always happy to call it my home."
Since opening in 1994, Rowlands Lodge, which is managed by Muir, has supported over 62 people with a variety of disabilities, tailoring services to meet their individual needs.
Residents have their own personalised support plan from staff, who help them learn life skills and access other services within the community. Residents have earned certificates for completing courses in social skills, health and wellbeing, fire safety and food hygiene. Ruth Davies won this year’s Rowlands Lodge Annual Cup, which recognises outstanding achievement by a resident.
Project manager Virginia Young has been at the scheme since day one and said the residents are the key to its success.
"Their enthusiasm and energy is a great inspiration to us all, it rubs off on the staff, making it a great place to both live and work," Young said. "We have had a lot of fun and it’s always lovely to see ex-residents and how well they are doing. It’s been an amazing 20 years and Rowlands Lodge will continue to build relationships that will enrich the lives of our residents."
Mark Pearson, head of housing and support services at Muir, said: "Rowlands Lodge has been a real success story for Muir. Everyone who visits the scheme always comments on the great atmosphere and you can sense that everyone enjoys living there."
Photo: Ruth Davies and Virginia Young.