Charity hopes to create new community

Camphill

Tiphereth, a Camphill community on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is hoping to create a new facility that will help those with disabilities feel valued

2nd August 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Plans for a cohousing community for people with learning disabilities are moving forward.

Tiphereth, a Camphill community on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is hoping to expand by adding 11 flats and two houses at the site of a former car park in Torphin Road.

It is hoped the new community, if approved, will help address feelings of loneliness and isolation that disabled people and those with complex needs can experience.

The cohousing terrace would see those living in the homes work to help other residents as volunteers as part of their tenancy agreement. Many of the tenants will be closely involved with Tiphereth or may receive day care within the existing facility.

Planners are set to meet in the coming weeks to discuss the proposals for the new development, with the charity believing there is a lack of affordable and suitable accommodation for those with learning disabilities.

Tobias Emonts-Holley, chief executive of Tiphereth, said: “This is the first development of its kind in Scotland and we are delighted to have had such a positive response from both the local community and further afield. We’d like to thank everyone who made the effort to attend our consultation or submit a response to our planning application.

“We recognise the challenges facing people with learning disabilities are just as unique as the individuals themselves and we work with our members and families to develop creative services that provide meaning and stability in people’s lives.”

The charity held a public consultation for the cohousing vision, including a drop-in session at Hoyland House which attracted around 60 people. Following the session, 95% of people said they supported appropriate care in the community facilities for those with learning disabilities, with 94% specifically supporting the Tiphereth proposals.

The application has attracted 99 comments – with 71 in support, 25 objections and three others.

Working to fulfil the Scottish Governments learning disability strategy The keys to life (2019-2021), the project aims to support the rights of people with learning disabilities and autism to independent living in affordable housing, enabling them to play a full part in their communities and live independent lives free from bullying, fear and harassment.

Independence and links to the local community lie at the heart of this innovative model, promoting wellbeing and a sense of belonging whilst combatting loneliness and isolation.

Tiphereth was founded 25 years ago and currently consists of three residential care homes, a wide variety of day services and social enterprise projects to support adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Full details of the planning application can be viewed online.