Louise Baxter, the wife of our late founder and former Chief Executive Nick Baxter, has officially opened Baxter View at a special opening and naming ceremony. The new specialist housing development in Dumbarton, has been named in Nick's memory.
Baxter View will provide accommodation for up to 10 people who are currently living in facilities in other local authority areas.
Louise Baxter, whose husband Nick set up Cornerstone in 1980 and died last year at the age of 65, cut the ribbon this Monday (October 20) at the development, which offers specialist homes for people with autism and complex support needs.
The purpose-built accommodation, which has been developed in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council, will allow a greater degree of independent living than is normally the case for people with high level needs.
The site comprises six single bedroom properties and two 2-bedroom properties – either for residents who would like to share or for those who require sleepover services.
The new complex has created 30 jobs in the local area.
Our Chief Executive, Edel Harris, joined Mrs Baxter, staff, relatives and other guests, including representatives from the council, at the launch on Monday afternoon.
Edel said: “The launch of Baxter View is a significant step forward and the development will allow us to support people in the community and help them to enjoy a valued life, where people are accepted in society, have the opportunity to make friends and are given the chance to do meaningful things with their time.
“We believe enabling people to have their own home and live independently is an important step in this process."
The overall design of the living accommodation has taken into account the specific needs of the people who are being supported at Baxter View, while ensuring the surroundings are as homely as possible.
Design features include enhanced storage to provide an essential clutter-free environment, and multi-level controlled access to kitchens to ensure residents can live as safely and independently as possible.
The new homes have also utilised technology solutions and access control systems to ensure the safety and security of residents.
This development will be operated by Cornerstone as a Centre of Excellence and will provide the opportunity for the team to share learning and best practice with other care providers.
Cornerstone has been providing services in West Dunbartonshire since 1999 currently supports almost 200 people across 17 services in the local area.