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Residents urged to get involved in community project

Building set to be refurbished for adults with disabilities
Work is set to start on refurbishing a building in Great Glen as part of a scheme to help adults with disabilities live independently

Residents in Great Glen are being encourgaed to get involved with a scheme to improve their community. 

We have awarded a contract to Mercer Building Solutions Ltd, who will start work to refurbish and improve a building for our Brookfield Independent Living Scheme this month. 

Once complete the scheme will provide accommodation for adults with a long-term disability. The investment will enable residents to be as independent as possible, to have choice and control over where they want to live, who they want to live with and the support they receive.

Residents are being asked to get in touch with Mercer Building Solutions with ideas on how they would like their community improving.

It is great that Mercer is looking to make a difference in Great Glen as part of our independent living scheme.

“It would be good to see residents get in touch with them or the parish council to discuss what they would like to improve in the area. Not only will it benefit those currently living in the village, but those who will live in Brookfield once the work is complete.

Katy Mercer, of Mercer Building Solutions, said: “We are delighted to be working with Leicestershire County Council on this flagship scheme. We welcome the opportunity to work with local residents to ensure they can get the most out of the project and look forward to receiving their suggestions.”

The scheme will offer a much needed improvement in the standard of living for those in need from the Harborough area, giving them a chance to enjoy their independence with any support they require.

There are more than 360 people, who are already benefitting from supported living, but we’ve identified a need for more support for people from the Harborough area.

“If it was a relative of mine I would want them to be able to live independently and receive specific support that meets their needs, which the new accommodation will do.

The refurbished building will provide up to 20 flats and a small communal area. This will see the removal of existing, unsuitable bedsits on site and will improve the external aspect of the building.

Should the remodelling go to plan, the first residents, who will be identified by social care workers, could move in as soon as winter 2019. 

Anyone wishing to find out more about the community aspect of the scheme can do so by contacting Great Glen Parish Council on 0116 259 3004 or emailing

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