Community Outcry Over Care Home Closure


A petition is to be handed to Cambrishire County Council calling for The Haven care home to be kept open.

The Haven, which provides residential supported living for up to eight adults with severe and long-term mental health problems on Wulfstan Way, Cambridge is due to close this summer.

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So far, over 600 members of the Queen Edith’s and wider Cambridgeshire community have signed to express their support for the Haven to be properly maintained and kept open as the long term secure, supported home it’s vulnerable residents were assured it would provide.

Sign the petition at: bit.ly/the_haven

A modern, purpose-built facility opened in 2005, The Haven consists of eight self-contained flats, with communal rooms, an attractive garden, manager's office and room for a carer to sleep overnight.

Lead petitioner Dr Mary Callerdine said:

“Residents have generally moved to their flats from long-stay hospital care. They take part in a recovery programme developing trust in staff members and others, to become confident members of the community – both their small family sized Haven community, and also the local Queen Edith's community.”

If this very successful unit closes, the upheaval will have a profound impact on the lives and

mental states of vulnerable residents, who will take a long time to adjust to change and to learn to trust again. The dedicated and experienced staff based at the Haven will also lose their jobs.

County Councillor Amanda Taylor (second right) has joined Queen Edith’s residents in demanding that The Haven be kept open as the safe, secure home it’s residents deserve.

Sign the petition at: bit.ly/the_haven


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