Third site to change lives Langdon style

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013
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At the Langdon launch of the new Borehamwood site

At the Langdon launch of the new Borehamwood site

Langdon opened its third supported living community in Borehamwood.

The charity, which helps vulnerable youth and adults with learning disabilities, already provides supported housing schemes in Edgware and Manchester.

Langdon chief executive Alison Rosen said the £1 million unit is “a major milestone and a proud moment for the charity.

“We are delighted to be able to help enable more vulnerable youth and adults with learning disabilities live independently within this thriving Jewish area.

“We manage the tenancies and all the complexities that come with running a home.

“Our team make an initial assessment and work out how much assistance is needed on an individual basis. This may range from help with self-care, understanding interpersonal relationships, work, recreation and social activities as well as budgeting skills.

Langdon Borehamwood resident Simon Marks said: “It’s good that I have my own space where I can really relax.
“The support workers from Langdon are very nice and they help me in interacting with others in the community and outside of Langdon.”

Resident Daryll Hawes said being in supported living has helped his confidence. “It’s great because I have more freedom and I get to socialise, while also having help to find the perfect career.

“Langdon has supported me to find work as well as helping me to meet new people in similar positions as myself.”

Langdon is currently supporting six residents in Borehamwood and it hopes to increase that to 15 people over the next two to three years.

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue blessed the three new apartments at the opening.

He said: “It was a very special and emotional event. Seeing how Langdon helps young adults with learning disabilities live independently in our community was incredibly moving, and we are proud to be associated with this work. We will do everything we can to help Langdon’s Borehamwood community succeed.”

Langdon needs £90,000 for each of the three two-bedroom flats in the Borehamwood supported living community, and hopes to expand the complex to accommodate up to 20 people in the next 12 to 18 months.

The mayor of Borehamwood, Cllr Clive Butchins, and Sir Bernard Ede, were among the supporters at the gathering to celebrate the new site.

Last updated: 11:45am, December 30 2013