MP opens new specialist service in Middlesbrough

Danshell Group has made a significant investment in a new specialist service, which will provide extra care and support for adults with complex needs on Teesside.

Coulby Lodge, based in Hemlington, has now received its registration from the Care Quality Commission and is ready to accept its first service users.

The home was opened by Simon Clarke MP, who was delighted to cut the ribbon as part of the official opening.

Coulby Lodge is a specialist service and has been equipped and furnished to meet the needs of the people who will be supported there.

It consists of two four-bedded bungalows to accommodate up to eight people, and the new service will create about 30 new jobs.

Mel Ramsey, CEO of the Danshell Group, said: “We are delighted that Simon was able to join us at the opening of Coulby Lodge.

“Coulby Lodge gives us a fantastic opportunity to bring more specialist support for people with learning disabilities and autism to the Tees Valley, enabling them to remain within the community, perhaps close to family and friends.

“When considering the service we would offer at Coulby Lodge, careful thought was given to establishing what the local authority and health commissioners needed. The message came back loud and clear, ‘local person centred services’, so this is what we are providing and there has been considerable interest already.”

Mr Clarke, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, added: “Coulby Lodge is a terrific service filled with everything you would want to see in a modern care facility and a model for other providers to follow and aspire to.”

Danshell, which was founded in 2010, provides care and support for people with learning disabilities and autism in specialist services around the country.

• Pictured above (left to right): Mel Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer of the Danshell Group, Simon Clarke, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and Sarah Whittaker, Service Manager at Coulby Lodge. 

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