Milton Keynes City Council has invested £4million of funding it has received from housebuilding in a large and modern building for transformation into a dedicated centre for residents with complex disabilities.
Nestled in the outskirts of Linford Wood among surrounding woodland, Linford Wood Place is planned to provide accommodation and care for vulnerable adults with a range of needs, bringing together the city council’s short breaks and day services offer. These services provide short term day or overnight care and support for adults with complex disabilities. For those adults that live at home with family, overnight stays offer critical breaks for carers.
As well as accommodation, the building will also have tailored activity spaces, dedicated areas for personal care, and a private garden. Following the purchase of the building last month, detailed planning is now underway with development works expected to begin next summer.
New facilities are needed as demand grows for this kind of respite care in line with the growth of the city. The city council also expects that some local people who receive support at other older sites will eventually relocate to take advantage of its brand-new spaces, and will be working with its professional teams, the local people they support, and with their families to shape the space and keep everyone informed.
The building, formerly known as Avalon House, has views of surrounding woodland on each side. The site is less than two miles from Milton Keynes Central Station with ample on-site parking for visitors and professionals.
“In Milton Keynes, we are committed to supporting vulnerable and older people to stay at home for as long as possible. This needs to be supported by day activities and respite services. This new building will help us deliver an improved service, with better facilities for a growing group of people. We have a fantastic opportunity to bring some of our services together and provide wrap around care for residents in a dedicated therapeutic environment.” - Cllr Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities
“Linford Wood Place will be designed to minimise transitions between our services whilst offering better access to valuable outdoor space for the adults we support. We believe this building will offer great value for residents and will enable us to better support our growing city.” - Victoria Collins, Director of Adult Services at Milton Keynes City Council