Thirteen’s new independent living scheme, Acorn House in Thornaby has been officially opened by the Mayor of Stockton-On-Tees.

The Mayor, Councillor Ken Dixon joined Thirteen’s chief executive, Ian Wardle to celebrate the opening of its fantastic new development, aimed at people with additional support needs to live independently.

The event gave partners the opportunity to find out more about the high-quality accommodation and levels of care and support the scheme offers.

The new independent living scheme, located off Trenchard Avenue, was delivered in partnership with Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council, Keepmoat who built the development and supported by funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The first phase comprising 12 two-bedroom bungalows were completed in 2014.

The second phase features 15 one-bedroom apartments plus one two-bedroom bungalow, which have been designed to provide a high-quality environment for people who have additional support needs to live independently.

Each apartment features an open-plan kitchen, lounge area together with a bathroom. Residents also have access to a large and welcoming communal lounge area on the ground floor, a sun terrace on the first floor as well as landscaped gardens.

When the apartment scheme opened to residents, earlier this year, all 15 apartments were let within the first three weeks, which was a tremendous achievement.

Mayor of Stockton-On-Tees, Councillor Ken Dixon, said:

“What a welcoming place Acorn House is. I really enjoyed meeting its residents and it was great to see how the scheme’s excellent design and facilities are helping to ensure they can continue to live independently in the community.”

Ian Wardle, chief executive at Thirteen, said:

“Acorn House is a fantastic scheme, and we were proud to welcome partners and showcase the facilities that are on offer to residents.

“Acorn House provides high quality, modern homes that meet the needs of residents who benefit from its specialist features.

“It means they can lead independent lives while receiving the additional support they need to be an integral part of their community.”