22nd February 2010
It was lovely to meet so many of the Langdon residents and feel the positive atmosphere that was such a testament to how supported living works
On Monday 22 February 2010 Cherie joined members of the Jewish charity 'the Langdon Community' at the launch of a new fundraising project.The London branch of the charity supports 25 youngsters with learning disabilities in Edgware, and is aiming to provide additional residential facilities after the 18-month refurbishment of a building called 'The Quadrant' is complete.Based in Edgware's Manor Park Crescent, this property will be completely renovated and redecorated at a cost of £1.75 million. As a special guest, Cherie joined Langdon's Dinner Chair, Carrie Rubin with Langdon Chair, Barry Welck to officially unveil their latest fundraising project.
Cherie summed up her visit:
"I was delighted to be invited to Langdon. It was lovely to meet so many of the residents and feel the positive atmosphere that was such a testament to how supported living works. People who need that additional supporting hand gain such benefit from being there."
The Quadrant currently supports twenty five young people with learning disabilities in Edgware. Once the refurbishment is complete, it will provide additional residential facilities for Langdon Community residents and for the further forty residents living within the Langdon Community in Manchester. Barry Welck said:
"The Quadrant will come to life as something that will serve the surrounding area and those far beyond already living at Langdon Community. We know that our own residents currently thrive by having their own community which helps them lead a structured and very full life. Sadly, there are a number of non-residents with learning disabilities who have no social life, therefore have no social connections with young adults their own age - The Quadrant will be the focus point, much needed within this community."
The Quadrant will also have new training rooms in operation to allow more adult education courses to take place and to enhance Langdon's employment programme. Carrie Rubin commented:
"At first contact with many of the residents you would hardly recognise their vulnerability, potential loneliness and the exclusion they face. Langdon is setting down a lifelong legacy in providing this unique facility that won't discriminate between its own residents and those learning disabled with the wider community. It will ensure that just because one may have an invisible disability one is neither ignored nor excluded from having a full life just like one's peers. To back up my belief in this project, I was thrilled to take on the role of Langdon's Dinner Chair for their 2010 Annual dinner taking place 22nd April."
To learn more about the Langdon Community click here
To view coverage in the Jewish Chronicle, click here
For coverage in the local press click here