The Academy welcomes first tenant
The Academy in Warrington has welcomed its very first tenant after the building was transformed into a supported housing service.
Craig, 27, who has autism and ADHD, is the first person to move into the newly converted building after it was redeveloped by Making Space.
As the first tenant, Craig was invited to cut a red ribbon for The Academy's launch.
He said: "I was really nervous cutting the ribbon in case I somehow made a mistake and cut the wrong thing but it all went well.
"I love my new home and I am keeping it very clean. I'm enjoying doing some cooking with support from the staff and have already made spaghetti bolognese and tacos.
"I've made friends already. The other people are really nice here and so are the key workers. Once I've settled in, I would like to start looking for a job, I would love to be a DJ."
Joanne Birdsall, team leader at The Academy said: "The Academy is an incredible building and I feel extremely privileged to work here.
"There are some amazing original features including a dramatic fireplace in the front room and beautiful oak beams in the loft space apartments.
"Each of the apartments is individually designed. The Academy provides safe accommodation right at the heart of Warrington for people who have support needs.
"Our aim, in most cases, is to help people to build upon their independent living skills and eventually to move on to their own accommodation."
The Academy is a development by Making Space, working in partnership with Inclusion Housing.
Each of the 22 apartments features an open plan kitchen/dining and living space, one bedroom and a modern bathroom.
Access is by a secure fob entry system and 24/7 on-site support is available.
Applications for tenancies are open to people aged 18 or above who have a range of needs including learning disabilities, autism, mental health and long term conditions. Find out more here.
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