Doubleday Court opens

25th July 2018

Doubleday Court, Newlon’s high specification scheme in Leyton for adults with learning difficulties, was opened on 23 July by Councillor Louise Mitchell, Cabinet Member for Housing in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The scheme provides 11 spacious one-bedroom homes and one two-bedroom home. It is staffed 24/7, with care and support services provided by Outward, and has a warden on-call with an office and a sleeping room for staff.

There is a large communal lounge and substantial external communal space, including planters which residents can use for gardening activities.

Ten of the flats are for social rent and two are shared ownership flats for people with long-term disabilities. Newlon and Outward are among a very small number of providers of homes nationally for people with long-term disabilities.

The two shared ownership flats give people scope to live separately from the main block, with individual front doors to the street as well as the option of entering the block from back doors. This enables residents to join in group activities if they wish and obtain support from staff when required.

Doubleday fulfils people’s desire for their own flat and front door while reducing isolation, which can be felt when people are living independently with floating support.

The majority of Doubleday’s residents were moved from shared accommodation in the borough. They are now living more independently in housing which over time can meet their changing needs.

One resident, who has moved into Doubleday, explained why she is happy moving into her own flat, having previously lived in a shared home: ‘It was an old house that had creaky floorboards. You could hear everyone moving about. I had to wake up early in the morning as we shared a bathroom. In my new flat, I can get up when I want and have friends come over to visit.’

Doubleday has been developed in partnership with Outward and the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It has cost £2.8 million, with grant funding support of £600,000 from the Greater London Authority through the Mayor’s Care and Support Fund.