She had "status in the village".
My late daughter Carole lived in the village from 1960 until she died in September 2003.
She was a perfect candidate for Ravenswood village. She was able to roam around in perfect safety as well as enjoying the companionship of the residents and contact with the staff.
As she was hyper active, the Village gave her so much freedom, and she would have found it almost impossible to be shut in a house and unable to go out until a staff member was available.
We never felt that Ravenswood was an institution or cut off from the local community. The local craft centre, the shops in Crowthorne and Wokingham were frequently visited. Carole loved making pottery and many of our friends as well as one of the present trustees still have the pots she made.
The most wonderful thing that was said to us as parents about Carole, in an annual review, was that she had "status in the village".
Would that have applied if she lived in supportive living in a house in the suburbs where nobody outside the house knew her? She was very gregarious and loved chatting with residents and staff so the village was a perfect environment for her.
She flourished and fulfilled her full potential thanks to the wonderful caring environment
Many of the older parents will remember with affection the Village Fair Days which were so enjoyed by everyone as well as the contacts that existed amongst the parents who often supported one another. We have so many happy memories of our lovely Carole and will always be grateful to the wonderful Ravenswood staff for the happy life she had there.
LONG MAY RAVENSWOOD SURVIVE
Ravenswood Village is currently under consultation with the possibility of closure. Please show your support for our families and friends to keep their home by signing the petition below. These are vulnerable people who deserve to continue to live where they feel happy, loved and safe.