Help for people with learning difficulties

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds is being spent on transforming a prominent former nursing home into a centre for people with learning difficulties. The Bradbury House Organisation has bought the home in Clarence Road South, Weston, for £600,000 and is spe

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds is being spent on transforming a prominent former nursing home into a centre for people with learning difficulties.The Bradbury House Organisation has bought the home in Clarence Road South, Weston, for £600,000 and is spending around £100,000 on turning it into a specialist home for people who suffer from conditions such as autism.The centre will be called Silver Tree Lodge and eight residents with learning disabilities are due to move in when work finishes in June.The organisation also owns a 240-acre working farm in Draycott, where the group has helped people with learning disabilities through activities and responsibilities on the site.The Weston centre will have a bigger emphasis on integrating people into society by helping them get work, use services in the town centre or study at Weston College.Proprietor Nick Bradbury said: "Silver Tree Lodge is close to the beach and close enough to the town for residents to be in reach of local amenities."This home is for the more able people we deal with. It will allow them access to the town and help them integrate into society."Some of them will want to go on college courses and it is something different to what we offer already."The eight rooms themselves will be very high-specification and each will have their own lounge and bathroom facilities."The Bradbury Organisation has 60 beds in centres in Bristol and Somerset and the purchase of the Weston home was funded by NatWest bank's healthcare team.


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