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Au Revoir Westhaven

Westhaven is one of Catholic Care’s residential homes for adults with a learning disability which is located in Dewsbury. Established now for over 30 years the home has become tired and with the current trends in the care sector for residential care to be for only the most complex of needs Westhaven no longer fit its purpose. At Catholic Care we have been working very hard over the past 3 years or so to think of this as an opportunity for the charity to extend its care to adults at risk, particularly those with a learning disability. Discussions were had, plans drawn up, planning permission sought and a developer appointed – so from 17th February the current Westhaven will be no more as the bulldozers move in and transform the current home into 11 independent living apartments for adults with a learning disability. How exciting!

The residents themselves are also really excited as they will need a new home for the next 12 to 18 months whilst the development work takes place and so they are on the move?
Very exciting for all involved. Thanks to the Diocese making an unused presbytery available, we have had the house in Elland refurbished and it is almost ready to move into on the 19th February with just a few finishing touches needed.

Here is a little ode
To Huddersfield Road

No longer Residential Care
Yet still with Catholic Care

It’s on to Supported Living
With all our memories we are bringing

We had to say goodbye to Robert, Derek, Gary, Mavis, & June
As they were all taken far too soon

For Alan it was on to pastures new
To Denby Dale, with an amazing view

From Shelia, Ellen, & Peter, to Julie
They gave their all, well & truly

Over the last 30 years
There has been happiness & tears

So from Graham, Donald, Jennifer & John
There’s packing to be done, so let’s crack on

The Residents will leave as a Four
Returning as Tenants, to be joined by (7) more

Although the move is only temporary
The new development will be exemplary

With a new postcode
And a different telephone code

It’s off to a new and unknown land
Known as near Halifax, Elland

So for now it’s just Au Revoir
As Elland is really not that far