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Christmas celebrations with official opening in Carlisle

Lister House & Sycamore House

Residents celebrated the completion of their new homes with families and professional agencies on 8thDecember at 5.00pm.

Residents have moved from Scalesceugh Hall into 2 new schemes in Carlisle.  Many of the residents had lived there for many years, some as many as 40 years.

The event covered speeches, the naming of the day centre and a Christmas Tree lights switch on. 

Lister House consists of 12 1 and 2 bed flats which were built on land donated by Impact.

The sister property, Sycamore House, consists of 8 flats and forms part of the Parklands development and has been built on land donated TO CUMBRIA CEREBRAL PALSY by Fred Storey Construction

The scheme, constructed by Thomas Armstrongs, cost £2.1 million, with just over £1 million in grant from the HCA and £700,000 from Cumbria Cerebral Palsy.

All properties have been built in conjunction with Cumbria Cerebral Palsy who have a Resource Centre based in Lister House.  The Centre offers day services to both schemes.  The residents are currently deciding on a name, which will be announced at the Opening event.

Walsingham are the care and support provider for both schemes, funded through Cumbria County Council.

Mike Muir from Impact Housing says “We are really excited by the opening of these new schemes. Residents have been working with Impact, Cumbria Cerebral Palsy and the County Council for 3 years now. Latterly, Walsingham have also been preparing residents for this move. Many of the residents had lived in residential care for most of their lives, so the move out into the community is a really great achievement.”

Cllr James Airey, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for adult social care, said:

“The move from residential care to supported living has given people with cerebral palsy more independence, more control over how to spend their personal care budgets, and more community activities to get together and have some fun. I’m delighted to hear that people are settling in well and the official opening of Lister House is something that Carlisle and the county can be proud of.”