The focus of our redevelopment work in 2016/17 is on Gauvain House. Gauvain is currently closed and is in urgent need of refurbishment. Built in the 1960s when the profile of our students was very different, it is no longer fit for purpose as increasingly our students have more complex and often multiple disabilities.

At the heart of all Treloar’s does is our key objective to help our students realise their potential. Within this is the independence training we provide. We work across a spectrum of independence as the level of self-sufficiency each student can achieve varies. Some move on from Treloar’s able to start an independent life; others learn how to make choices and to direct the care that they need. Enabling our students to achieve the greatest self-reliance is central to what we do.

The redevelopment and reconfiguration of Gauvain House will provide 13 en-suite bedrooms with shared common room and dining room facilities on the ground floor. The first floor will provide a further 5 en-suite bedrooms with a large shared common room and kitchen. This will be typical of the shared living accommodation available to young disabled people who will live in supported communal settings beyond Treloar’s. Both floors will be fitted with hoists to enable transfer of the students from wheelchairs to bed, shower or a more comfortable chair. Once refurbished, Gauvain will support our students to enjoy the best possible quality of life and to learn their key independence skills. The project will cost £1.6 million.