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Vulnerable adults put under added stress by housing service

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 23, 2013

Debra Baker outside Gaywood House in Trelowarren Street, Camborne.

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VULNERABLE adults with mental health issues in Camborne have been put under "added stress" by the housing association that is moving them to another location without their consent, according to a resident.

Debra Baker said she and seven other residents of Gaywood House have been treated with "little or no compassion, consideration or understanding" by the housing association, Stonham Services.

She added that their mental health has been made worse by "vagueness" from Stonham, which cannot tell them where or when they are moving.

Ms Baker, who has lived at the supported housing on Trelowarren Street for 18 months, said: "Everything is still up in the air.

"They told us it might be Camborne or Redruth or somewhere else – and we might be together or apart.

"People are struggling anyway with their own illnesses but this added stress is having a massive effect.

"These are people who are more vulnerable to the effects of stress.

"The mood and atmosphere in the house has just plummeted as everyone is struggling to cope with things in their own way."

Gaywood House provides accommodation for up to ten people who need medium levels of mental health support.

Anita Jackson, business contract manager for Home Group, which runs Stonham Services, told the West Briton in a statement: "The service is not intended to be used as long-term accommodation and the goal for each client is to live independently.

"The service is not closing down but by relocating three and a half miles away to two properties in Redruth it will help clients with their goal to independent living."

Ms Jackson added the new residents at Gaywood House will be people who need support for substance abuse and independent living.

"We've successfully run a service for people with complex needs for the past 18 months.

"The service is currently run from two separate properties in the area, which we do not own.

"To improve support for clients we've decided to bring them under one roof at Gaywood House."

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