South Yorkshire special school joins council to launch resource centre

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YOUNG people with disabilities have helped a Doncaster educational resource centre to mark its official launch.

Harmony House, in Bentley, is a joint venture between Doncaster Council and North Ridge Community School.

Harmony House was developed after requests by young people, parents and carers for such a facility, and after joint working by the council’s strategic housing team, the council’s Children’s Services and North Ridge Community School.

Together they worked to develop Harmony House, an off-site education and social resource centre, where young people with disabilities can enjoy short breaks and stop-overs to experience what it is like to live independently within a safe and secure environment.

Harmony House promotes and develops the skills and knowledge young people with physical and learning disabilities need to live as independent a life as possible.

As well as its official opening, Harmony House has also recently discovered that together with Doncaster Council it is shortlisted in the Partnership of the Year category in the UK Housing Awards 2012. The winner of the award will be announced this month.

Headteacher at the North Ridge, Mick Wright, said: “I have always promoted the need for a facility for young people with disabilities to experience independent living and Harmony House has brought a new dimension to the teaching of life skills.

“Young people with disabilities are now able to experience household tasks in a ‘real’ environment, where they can also experience problem solving, budgeting and the responsibilities of living independently.

“I am delighted and proud to be a partner in this venture.”