18 December 2017
A picture of Completion for Southend supported housing facility

Work on a new £4.8 million supported housing facility for people with mental health needs in Southend has now been completed.

Hope Lodge, which has been built by Sanctuary Homes, comprises 33 self-contained flats, including one wheelchair accessible apartment, each with specialised facilities to help promote independent living.

The new scheme also comprises communal space, including a manager’s office, reception/main office, accessible shower room, laundry facilities, enclosed garden and a large communal room with kitchen area, which is also used as a training area.

Sanctuary is leasing the building, located on Sutton Road, to national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship which provides the landlord and support services to the residents who have now moved into the new service.

The scheme has been built to replace another of Richmond Fellowship’s supported living schemes, Chalkwell Lodge in Westcliff-on-Sea, which Sanctuary also leased to the charity, where the residents were living prior to Hope Lodge.

Sarah Brind, Sanctuary’s senior development manager, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in building Hope Lodge and helping to provide a facility for Richmond Fellowship to offer personalised support to enable the residents to live as independently as possible.”

Stephen Smith-Trask, Managing Director of Richmond Fellowship (South), added: “We’re delighted to see Hope Lodge open for people in Southend living with mental ill health.

“We’ve provided support to people in the area for a number of years and have had great success in helping people to gain the skills and confidence to move on to independent living.

“Hope Lodge is a fantastic new building that will provide residents with a homely environment where they can work with our staff team on their recovery journey and onto independent living in the community.”

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