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Project information

Living Skills

The Living Skills project will provide 2 fully accessible kitchens at our residential care-home for adults with physical disabilities. The specialist kitchens will enable our residents to learn independent living skills, such as cooking and cleaning, so that they may live an independent lifestyle.

March 2011 - March 2011

Charity information: Disability Action Yorkshire

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  • Need


    Often, adults with physical disabilities living in care-homes are forced to rely on staff members. It is assumed that they are unable to do everyday tasks for themselves. Sometimes, residents are not treated as individuals and can be made to feel like they are unable to do anything for themselves.
    This is not the case. We believe that every disabled person is an individual, with different needs and abilities. Sometimes, all they need is a chance to learn new skills and to be independent.


    At our care-home, 34 Claro Road, the focus is on independent living. We aim to equip our residents with the independent living skills to one day move out and live as part of the community, if they wish to.
    The 'Living Skills' project will provide accessible, safe kitchens, so that each and every resident can learn the skills of cooking, cleaning and planning meals for themselves. The kitchens are height adjustable, so that they can be used by everyone, whatever their individual needs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Make the kitchens at 34 Claro Road fully accessible to all residents


    » Fit kitchens, with height adjustable worktops, movable units and safe appliances.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...having kitchens installed by June 2011, which can be adjusted to the individual heights of our residents and which can be accessed by each and every person.

    Aim 2

    Teach the residents independent living skills, such as cooking, cleaning and planning meals


    » Residents will take turns to cook for others residents and staff and will plan meals for the following week.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...each resident learning to cook at least one meal and all residents cleaning up after themselves. Success will be monitored in individual development plans.

  • Impact


    The project will teach residents vital independent living skills, which may mean that one day they are able to move out and live independently as part of the wider community. This will enable them to live a fuller, more independent lifestyle and will make the local community more diverse.
    This will also mean that 34 Claro Road can care for more and more people, as new residents would move in and learn skills needed to live the lifetsyle of their own choosing.


    There is the risk that we will not secure all of the funding for both kitchens before June 2011. If this is the case, we will install 1 kitchen and use this as a useful trial.


    Donors will be sent our annual report which will provide details of the project and will also receive our monthly newsletter, which will provide details of any key milestones that have occurred

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,760

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,380 1 kitchen Kitchen serves 10 residents
      £16,380 1 kitchen Kitchen serves 10 residents

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Airways Charitable Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    The Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust £300 Guaranteed
    The Albert Hunt Charitable Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    The Beatrice Laing Charitable Trust £2,500 Conditional
    Mr Brian Pullen £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    34 Claro Road is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and serves the surrounding communities in North Yorkshire.


    Our immediate beneficiaries will be the 20 current residents of 34 Claro Road, all of whom have physical disabilities. However, some residents may be able to move out into the community following this project , which will mean that the project will then benefit other residents who take their place. This will mean the project is sustainable and can benefit many disadvantaged people for years to come.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity in the Harrogate and district area to provide a care-home that focusses on independent living and which is specifically for adults with physical disabilities. We are best placed to carry out this project, as it is our own unique project, which is not being provided by any other local charities.We have experience in teaching independent living skills, having provided 2 training flats in our care-home for those wishing to make the transition to living in the community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steven Taylor

    Care-home Manager. Steve will oversee the introduction of the kitchens and will monitor the development of the residents within this project,

"The current kitchen is unsuitable and too narrow and too low...I would like to use the kitchen more as I enjoy doing my cooking lifeskills"

Caroline (resident of 34 Claro Road)