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Fairwood plans mean dream of coming home

Fairwood plans mean dream of coming home

Fairwood Hospital People with learning disabilities will be supported to live independently at our new homes soon to be built on the site of Fairwood Hospital in Gower.

Local people with high support needs – typically a combination of physical and learning disabilities - are currently housed as far away as England as there is no suitable accommodation closer to home.

The development will create 2 bungalows on the existing site which is located in an enviable, rural location. It will provide accommodation for 8 people, including 2 self-contained apartments incorporated into the second, larger bungalow.

Fairwood hospital has stood empty since closing in December 2010 but has now been disposed of by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University health board. Our proposed use for the site meets ABMU’s strategic plan for learning disabilities, creating supported accommodation suitable for people with high support needs to live in a less institutionalised setting and closer to their families, friends and social services.

Richard Davies, our Executive Director of Social Care and Supporting People said: “We share ABMU’s view that services of this type should be transformative, aspirational and delivered with dignity and respect. Fairwood really is a dream location. It therefore seems fitting that the housing we’re developing will also deliver what for some people is a dream of returning to Wales and being nearer loved ones.