We are writing to express our concern about the proposed closure of The Haven.
The Haven is a small sheltered housing complex for adults with severe and long-term mental health problems. Purpose-built and opened in 2005, it consists of eight self-contained flats, with communal rooms on the ground floor and an attractive garden. There is a Manager's office and a room for a carer to sleep overnight.
The residents, men and women, have generally moved to their flats from long-stay Hospital care, and have often taken many months to learn to trust staff members and others, and to become confident members of the community – their small family sized Haven community, and also the local Queen Edith's community. They were given tenancies of their flats for life, and were told that they would not have to move again. They are supported by their own psychiatrists and CPNs (community psychiatric nurses) and have continued a recovery programme to become independent in their present familiar surroundings. None of them have close family members living locally and they look upon the Haven staff and residents as their family. The four full-time staff members provide 24 hour care, working night shifts, to deal with any queries or problems.
If this very successful unit closes, the upheaval will have a profound impact on the lives and mental states of these vulnerable residents, who will take a long time to adjust to change and to learn to trust again. The dedicated and experienced staff will also lose their jobs.
We urge all concerned to use their influence to get the decision-makers to keep The Haven open.
Cllr Amanda Taylor at The Haven.
This is a community petition hosted and supported by Cambridge LibDems. If you do not wish to sign online, paper copies are available at both churches on Wulfstan Way and at St John's on Hills Rd, Cambridge.