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Petition calling for The Haven in Cambridge to be kept open


By Gemma Gardner


A petition calling for a care home to be saved from closure will be handed to Cambridgeshire County Council.

A petition calling for a care home to be saved from closure will be handed to Cambridgeshire County Council. Picture: Cllr Colin McGerty (6272649)
A petition calling for a care home to be saved from closure will be handed to Cambridgeshire County Council. Picture: Cllr Colin McGerty (6272649)

The Haven in Wulfstan Way, Cambridge, which provides residential supported living for up to eight adults with severe and long-term mental health problems, is due to close this summer.

Lead petitioner Dr Mary Callerdine said: “Residents have generally moved to their flats from long-stay hospital care.

“They take part in a recovery programme developing trust in staff members and others, to become confident members of the community both their small family sized Haven community, and also the local Queen Edith's community.”

More than 600 people have signed the petition to express their support for the Haven to be properly maintained and kept open.

County Councillor Amanda Taylor has joined Queen Edith’s residents in demanding that The Haven be kept open as the safe, secure home it’s residents deserve.

The Haven, a modern, purpose-built facility opened in 2005, consists of eight self-contained flats, with communal rooms, an attractive garden, manager's office and room for a carer to sleep overnight.

It is run by Metropolitan Housing, who have said they are working with the county council to rehouse residents.

The dedicated and experienced staff based at the Haven will also lose their jobs.

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We always listen to feedback from local residents and welcome petitions – we recognise that they are one way in which residents can let us know their concerns.

“The Haven is a supported living service we commission for a small number of older people with mental health issues. As a result of the changing needs of the residents, the building is no longer fit for purpose. This meant we had to look for more suitable accommodation. The County Council does not own the building and therefore wasn’t able to make adaptions. However, since a new owner has taken over, we are now exploring all options about what we can do with the building.

“If we have to relocate residents, we always work with them, their families and staff to find suitable alternative accommodation. We are currently doing this at the Haven. The options include individual tenancies with support, extra care schemes, residential and nursing placements.”

Sign the petition at: bit.ly/the_haven



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