‘Supported living’ homes plan for former Bute holiday flats

Morningside, on the corner of Serpentine Road and Mountpleasant Road, has been leased to the Affinity Trust.
Morningside, on the corner of Serpentine Road and Mountpleasant Road, has been leased to the Affinity Trust.

A block of flats in Rothesay formerly used as self-catering holiday accommodation has been leased to a company which provides supported living for adults with learning disabilities.

The three one-bedroomed flats, one two-bedroomed flat and one three-bedroom semi-detached house at Morningside, on the corner of Serpentine Road and Mountpleasant Road, have been taken on by the Affinity Trust as a means of expanding the services the organisation currently provides in Argyll and Bute.

The company held an open day at Morningside this week to explain its plans for the property to the community.

Emma Soanes, the Affinity Trust’s divisional director for Scotland, said: “We are not a housikng provider; we are a support provider. But in more remote locations the availability of housing which is appropriate to the people we are supporting can be a much bigger challenge.

“From talking to families on Bute we feel people are much more comfortable being able to stay on Bute with a relative who has support needs. If we can help people stay here and give them the right accommodation and the right support, that has to be better than people having to leave the island.”

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