Innovative new service launches in Northern Ireland

27 November 2014

Tonya McCormac and Lady Christine Eames cut the cake celebrating the opening of The MaplesThe Maples, in North Belfast, offers a complete range of supported housing including use of the latest assistive technologies. The development includes 14 enhanced support sheltered housing for older people and 17 supported living homes for people with physical disabilities.

The service opened its doors on Tuesday 25 November with a special launch event. Our chairman Ilyas Khan and trustee Lady Christine Eames attended along with staff from Leonard Cheshire Disability Northern Ireland.

‘This new Maples development is a continuation of our commitment to ensure disabled and older people can have greater choice to live independently with support in the community. 

‘We are really excited to be able to offer improved choice of homes including the latest technological advances so disabled people can live in a community development.’ — Tonya McCormac, director of operations

The new apartments are the result of partnership between OakleeTrinity Housing Association, Leonard Cheshire Disability Northern Ireland, the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

The Maples is the first of its kind to combine specialist disabled accommodation with sheltered housing accommodation, and this model has the potential to be replicated across Northern Ireland.

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