First tenants for new supported living housing service for people with disabilities (updated)

Nine self-contained flats that were previously used for holiday lets have been extensively refurbished, modernised and upgraded

Sunny Bay accommodation

A new supported living housing service for disabled people on the Island will soon have its first tenants.

The Sunny Bay property in Shanklin will offer 24/7 support through leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire. Additional one-to-one support will also be available where required.

Converted from holiday lets
Nine self-contained flats have been extensively refurbished, modernised and upgraded for use by disabled individuals, with two completely adapted for wheelchair users. Previously the property was used for holiday lets.

Leonard Cheshire has worked closely with Specialised Supported Housing (SSH) Isle of Wight Council and Vectis Housing Association to make the scheme a reality. SSH own the property and have managed the detailed redevelopment.

High demand
Supported living for people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities is recognised to be short supply on the Island. Leonard Cheshire hopes it can support the development of similar schemes to Sunny Bay elsewhere on the Island in the future.

The charity already runs the Appley Cliff residential care home in Shanklin, which is just under a mile from Sunny Bay. It supports for 13 residents with physical disabilities.

The first tenants will be able to start calling Sunny Bay their home during Spring 2021.

High quality homes for people requiring support
Martyn Pearl, Chief Executive of Vectis Housing Association, said,

“Vectis HA are delighted to have taken over Sunny Bay Apartments with the intention of working in close partnership with Leonard Cheshire to provide high quality homes for people requiring support.  

“We are proud to bring our record of excellent housing management and maintenance services to complement Leonard Cheshire’s expertise in providing personal support.”

Chance: A new and modern type of service
Ben Chance, Regional Manager at  Leonard Cheshire, said,

“Sunny Bay will offer a new and modern type of service, helping to give disabled people on the Isle of Wight greater choice about where and how they live. Supported living accommodation specifically for disabled people is in demand across the UK.

“We want to have a greater impact on the lives of more disabled people. Empowering greater independent living and choice through partnerships like this is just one of the ways we are achieving this.”

Mosdell: A well-known and highly regarded charity
Cllr Clare Mosdell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Housing Needs and Public Health stated at Isle of Wight Council, said, 

“I am pleased to see this new supported living service open as we seek to continue to work with providers to extend different housing options for adults with learning disabilities on the Island. Supported living combines housing with care, enabling residents to stay connected in their communities, living in their own homes and receiving the support they require.

“Leonard Cheshire is a well-known and highly regarded charity, and whilst they are not new to the Island, this new service extends their reach to people with learning disabilities and I wish the service every possible success.” 

Article edit
3.35pm 16th Mar 2021 – Comment from Martyn Pearl added and typo corrected for SSH

News shared by Claire on behalf of Leonard Cheshire. Ed

Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 11:25am



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I am happy to learn that the Leonard Cheshire Foundation is recognising the importance for disabled people to have their own home, through assisted living, rather than having to live in an institution. Independent living gives people the challenges and incentives they need to grow in confidence, to lead more fulfilling lives, and to feel part of the wider community. Years ago, I volunteered to work at… Read more »