To prevent the closure of Furlong Close, Wiltshire

by Trish Gange in Rowde, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd April 2021 we successfully raised £5,205 with 52 supporters in 28 days

To prevent the eviction of 34 vulnerable, disabled adults from their long-term happy home in Furlong Close, Rowde, Wiltshire.

by Trish Gange in Rowde, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

To fund continuing professional and publicity costs associated with this project.


Following the very generous donations from our recent Crowdfunding, the Families and Friends of Furlong Close are making great strides in our fight to overturn the shameful decision which was taken, without consultation, to evict 34 disabled adults from their long-term home at Furlong Close which would result in having to leave their friends, excellent care staff that they know and trust, and everything that is familiar to them. The intention is for them to be scattered into housing within the wider community which is not only what they would not choose, but would be detrimental to their well-being. Their choice is to stay in their happy home at Furlong Close. Despite legal action being taken against the care charity concerned, they and the local authority continue to prevaricate. Meanwhile the emotional abuse that the residents are being subjected to is being aggravated by the on-going uncertainty, leaving them in a constant state of anxiety and fear for their future. Isn’t this just the most appalling way to treat the most vulnerable people in our society? But there is more...
On-site there are also training and occupational facilities, along with horticultural activities and animal care. These have been enjoyed by residents and non-residents alike for many years and have been a very valuable resource. However, they have already been closed to non-residents and the horticultural facilities dismantled, with no sign of them being re-established. The result is that not only are the facilities now limited, but those who derived great benefit from them have become depressed and lonely, having no occupation and unable to stay in contact with their friends.

There is on-site is a large assembly Hall which is used for drama productions, a Christmas Bazaar, fundraising events, social occasions and meetings, as well as being available for events for the general public. Should this eviction go ahead the residents will not only lose their home but they will also lose all the social opportunities that are available to them. These are not easily found for people with disabilities within the wider community. The residents of Furlong Close are closely integrated into the village community. Some of them are regular members of the Church congregation, play skittles in the pub and visit the local café where some of them are employed. This too will be lost to them. For those who are more independent there is a bus service to Devizes and otherwise there is transport available to enable off-site activities such as horse riding, swimming, cinema visits, and football matches to name but a few. These opportunities will undoubtedly be diminished as well.
We are seeking funds to cover the cost of publicity and professional advice to fight this closure and restore the safe, happy home for these very special people who do not want to move from their much loved home and have their lives turned upside down. The more support we can gain the bigger our voice will be, so a huge thank you on behalf of us all.

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