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Bailey Partnership assist with publication on dementia and housing design guidance by RNIB Cymru

Bailey Partnership assist with publication on dementia and housing design guidance by RNIB Cymru

Bailey Partnership were delighted to be approached by the RNIB Cymru (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to provide feedback on a publication being drafted on dementia and housing design. The review period has now ended and the guidance document is planned for publication in April 2013 by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG). The guide covers a wide scope, including all accommodation types but focusing on new build and major refurbishment. It is intended to provide design assistance to people from a wide range of disciplines.

Beyond Vision @ NPTC

Bailey Partnership first developed links with the RNIB Cymru whilst working closely together on the ‘Beyond Vision @ NPTC’ project, a scheme to provide a teaching and accommodation facility for blind and partially sighted young people commissioned by Neath Port Talbot College, 

'The project mission statement is ‘to establish a learning and employment centre providing blind and partially sighted people in Wales with support to attain equality of educational and employment outcomes with their sighted peers whilst remaining in their communities and studying through the language of their choice. Empowering them to overcome the barriers they face.’

In Wales there are 20,000 people whom are registered as blind or partially sighted. Despite recent disability legislation, blind and partially sighted people still face discrimination, social exclusion and poverty. The RNIB have estimated that in Wales today, 75% of blind and partially sighted children and young people do not receive the mobility and independence skills they need, with 2 out of 3 people with sight problems of working age unemployed. The purpose of this project is to help address these issues by building a unique skills centre (centre of excellence) which will provide education, vocational training and rehabilitation and life skills programmes for blind or partially sighted people with on-site residential accommodation and recreational facilities. Currently there are no such facilities in Wales.

Under our framework commission with Neath Port Talbot College, Bailey Partnership were appointed to provide full multi-disciplinary services, including project management, architectural and cost management services. The scheme has been developed to RNIB Stage D and successfully received planning consent. We now await consideration of a funding bid made to the WAG and hope to then progress with a scheme which presents a wonderful opportunity to contribute positively and meaningfully towards people’s lives.

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