Hightown’s Fletcher Way shortlisted for Best New Build Accessible Scheme Award

Hightown Housing Association’s Fletcher Way learning disability service in Hemel Hempstead has reached the finals of a prestigious national award for accessible developments built for disabled people.

Fletcher Way, a specially designed supported living service home to eight adults with complex physical and learning disabilities, has been shortlisted in the category for ‘Best New Build Accessible Scheme’ in the Diversity in Housing awards.

The annual awards, organised by 24Housing, aim to celebrate housing organisations that are doing great work in promoting and catering for diversity. The winners are set to be announced at an awards ceremony on 10th May.

Fletcher Way has been recognised for its specialist design, which uses assistive technologies to help people with disabilities live independently – sometimes for the first time in their lives. For example, all kitchens include induction hobs to prevent residents burning themselves and adjustable height work surfaces.

For 24yr old resident, Dan Arnott, the accessible features have helped him to live on his own and cope with his cerebral palsy and vision of 5%.

Dan spoke of his delight at moving into a place of his own. Since living at Fletcher Way, he has grown in confidence, and is now part of several social clubs and volunteers for Radio Dacorum.

“I shut my front door and think, yes, this is my home, this is where I live. Living here I feel a lot more independent, I feel I can do what I want, when I want and, really, this is home. “

Dan, resident at Fletcher Way

Fletcher Way has a team of dedicated support staff who assist residents with day-to-day activities and to engage with their local community. Although staff are on site 24hrs a day in case of emergencies, the assistive technologies allow residents to have a private home of their own.

Andrew Royall, Head of Development at Hightown Housing Association said:

“I was involved in the construction of Fletcher Way and am delighted that it has been nominated for this award. It is very rare that we are able to design a building from scratch for people with disabilities and this scheme perfectly demonstrates Hightown’s ethos promoting independent living. We fully support the Fletcher Way team and are grateful for the wonderful work that they do.”

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