Advance Housing extra care scheme at Tolvean House, Cornwall

For over forty years Advance have supported thousands of people – including disabled people, people with a mental health issue and people with a learning disability – at home, at work or in the community to live the life they choose, however varied or complex that life may be.  Advance provide high quality specialist accommodation for more than 2,500 people.

Cornwall M.P., George Eustice, was among a number of guests celebrating the official opening of our new extra-care scheme in Redruth called Tolvean House. The stunning scheme will provide homes for 16 local people with learning disabilities and age-related needs. Costing over £3 million to develop, Tolvean House received a grant of around £1.45 million from the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) and Kernow CCG.

Baroness Warwick, the Chair of the National Housing Federation (NHF), also attended and was shown round schemes in Cornwall, which NRP have helped deliver with Employers Agent and Principal Designer services through Matt Sawyer and Tom Jones.

During her visit, Baroness Warwick took time to meet customers at Chynoweth, another NRP scheme for people with mental health conditions, comprising 8 dwellings and a workshop facility, which opened in February 2015 accompanied by Advance Chief Executive Julie Layton.

It was developed around Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) principles and incorporates features such as non-reflective surfaces, colour contrasting, and wheelchair accessibility. Tolvean House is also very pleasing on the eye with the original miner’s house as a canvas; an ultra-modern extension of glass, wooden decked balconies, and open, light spaces.

Advance were determined that Tolvean House would be an inspiring building, a place people would proudly call home.

Earlier this year, Advance won the award for best Supported Housing at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards.

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