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Jewish charity Langdon to open supported living community in Borehamwood
A Jewish charity that helps people with learning disabilities live full lives is set to open in Borehamwood.
Langdon, which currently operates in Edgware and Manchester, will be expanding into the town in December by opening a supported living community.
The community will give six young Jewish people the chance to live independently in houses clustered around Elstree and Borehamwood Station.
The charity will remove the headaches typically involved in maintaining a home by carrying out repairs, gardening, installing fixtures and fittings and helping residents with bills.
It will also help them to enjoy an active social life and establish a circle of friends.
Marketing and communications manager for the charity Daniel Bacall said he was very excited about opening in Borehamwood.
He said: “Part of our work is to help people with learning difficulties build skills such as cooking and help them find paid jobs and become more integrated into the community.
“To look at people with mild learning difficulties at first you wouldn’t know they were different, which makes things difficult for them as people make demands on them they find challenging.
“We support them in coping with those challenges.”
Mr Bacall said Borehamwood’s thriving Jewish community made the town an ideal place for Langdon to expand into.
He added: “This is a very exciting time for us, we’re starting to grow exponentially. Our intention is to open our services up to more people over the coming years.
“It will be a community within the community, which gives Langdon people the support they need to live normal lives.”
The charity is one of those supported by the Mayor of Hertsmere Paul Morris, and Mr Bacall said the borough council had made them feel very welcome.
Founded 21 years ago, the charity also has a college in Manchester to help the people it supports gain an education and qualifications, and offers e-learning opportunities.
Langdon’s Chief Executive Alison Rosen said: “The opening of Langdon’s third supported living community in Borehamwood is a significant milestone and a proud moment for the charity.
“We are delighted to be able to help enable more vulnerable youth and adults with learning disabilities live independently within this thriving Jewish population.”
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