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People with learning disabilities can now live independently thanks to a housing complex run by a Rugby charity.

Gateway Court was officially opened by New Directions on Tuesday.

New Directions charity officially opened its new supported living homes at Gateway Court today (Tuesday), with a host of invited dignitaries and interested parties.  Pictured: Wendy Back (Chairman), Tony Gillias (Mayor of Rugby), Doreen Woodward (Chief Executive), Mark Pawsey (MP for Rugby) & Mark Hardcastle (Resident).

New Directions charity officially opened its new supported living homes at Gateway Court today (Tuesday), with a host of invited dignitaries and interested parties. Pictured: Wendy Back (Chairman), Tony Gillias (Mayor of Rugby), Doreen Woodward (Chief Executive), Mark Pawsey (MP for Rugby) & Mark Hardcastle (Resident).

The supported living homes offer personalised support and are close to the town centre.

A number of special guests attended the celebrations including the Mayor of Rugby Cllr Tony Gillias, who cut the ribbon, and Rugby MP Mark Pawsey.

The opening ceremony showcased the housing complex, which offers 21 individuals the opportunity to live as independently as they can regardless of the nature or degree of their disability in their one or two-bedroom flats and a house.

There is also an additional communal space on site where people can find tailored support and opportunities for them to become more involved in the community, take part in training, activities and work experience and to make new friends.

Tenants have come from many different backgrounds. Some have lived at home with their parents and families whereas others have been living in residential care.

The charity says the new service will enable them to take control of their lives and live independently within the community

New Directions is approved by Warwickshire County Council to provide of accommodation and support services.

Cllr Jose Compton, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for adult social care, said: “I’m delighted to support the opening of Gateway Court, this is such an exciting development, which has been delivered by New Directions to benefit people with learning disabilities in Rugby and give them all the freedom of supported independent living.

“Warwickshire County Council’s aim is to help people with learning disabilities to be more independent and have more choice and control over their lives.

“The new Gateway Court residents are obviously delighted with their accommodation and the support they are receiving.”

New Directions’ Supported Living service can offer support with everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, personal care, travel training, planning for your future, keeping safe, plus support to get out and about and take part in community activities.