ADULTS with learning disabilities are enjoying life in their new home after a near-£1m investment in an independent living facility in Gourock.

The 11 ex-residents of Caladh House in Greenock’s Bank Street have moved into a new property in Gourock’s John Street, owned by Inverclyde Council.

The switch happened after an investment by Inverclyde health and social care partnership of around £800,000 to provide a high quality environment in partnership with the Turning Point Scotland organisation.

Chair of the local health and social care committee, Councillor Robert Moran, said: “Turning Point Scotland has built extremely strong and positive links with the council and other organisations over the years.

“These are first class facilities providing supported living to people who are now an important part of the local community.”

The 11 people who lived in Caladh House are adults who have learning disabilities, and they have been supported by Turning Point in Greenock for the last four years.

Their old home at Bank Street was a residential care unit but the new facility is a supported living service, with each person having private en-suite facilities, a bathroom, 24/7 support and access to communal catering and social hubs.

The residents were involved in the refurbishment of the new facility and spent some time in the building prior to moving in.

The new location offers them the chance to do their own shopping and to cook and manage their own finances with support.

Turning Point Scotland has provided services in Inverclyde since 2002, supporting more than 50 people with learning disabilities and providing over a 100 jobs in the area.

Set up as a registered charity and limited company in 1999, it operates 36 services from 180 locations across Scotland, employing 1,300 staff and supporting over 21,000 people.