Moving to Longmead
The move from Noke Drive to Longmead was part of a longer process that should see people we support accessing a multi agency community hub built on the former Colebrook site. The move has given us the opportunity to design and build a hub to meet the needs of people we support in 2022 as a Surrey Choices designed space.
The innovations at Longmead include a sensory room, a suite of gender neutral toilets with two fully accessible toilets, and a full specification Changing Places facility. There is also a well equipped, accessible kitchen with large induction hob and two separate ovens.
Links with the community
The building was designed to offer flexible spaces that can be used in different ways throughout the week. The building regularly hosts English as a Second Language sessions for people in the local community, helping to strengthen links between the hub and local people in Redhill.
Diego Acosta, Team Manager said that:
“We have been working closely with the local community, including community gardening, attending social events, hosting ethnic minority group, and joining local litter picking groups.” Diego added. The vision of the future for the Surrey Choices built estate is to be co-located with agency partners in multi use community hubs. Longmead provides a small step in that direction.
“Most of the people who attended Noke Drive now come to Longmead and we have a significant number of referrals who will be joining in September. We are able to share the building with Flexi Choices and EmployAbility too.” Diego explained. Colleagues shared that although it has taken time, especially with Covid-19 complications, they feel the teething problems have been ironed out and they feel settled in the building.
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