Local young adults living with autism and disability are one step closer to having a state-of-the-art independent living home to call their own.
The Ricky Stuart Foundation will commence the planning and design stages of their third project, the John Fordham House, following the announcement of a $150k grant by the John James Foundation.
Mr. Stuart said, ‘We’re grateful for the support of the John James Foundation. This grant will fund the planning and design stage of our third project, John Fordham House, and allow us to keep moving this vital project forward.’
‘The investment from the John James Foundation will fund the design and concept planning, which are vital elements to ensure we deliver a home which meets the needs of the young people who will ultimately call it home.’
‘Through this grant, the Ricky Stuart Foundation will develop detailed planning documents, engineering reports, cost structures, site surveys, and the documentation we need to commence construction in early 2023.’
‘Our vision is to keep young people with disability living in their own home, rather than in aged care facilities and the construction of the John Fordham House will give that opportunity to young people from our local region.’
Mr Roff said, ‘The John James Foundation is proud to partner with local charities like the Ricky Stuart Foundation to support projects which benefit the vulnerable part of our community and contribute to strengthening our community. The construction of the John Fordham House will provide its occupants an environment to thrive and call their own and we’re proud to be part of that journey.’
‘In February 2022, we announced our partnership with the NSW Government for $4 Million to build the home and we’ve been fortunate to have the block of land donated a from The Village Building Company in South Jerrabomberra’, said Mr Stuart.
‘This project extends the foundation’s current footprint in Canberra where we’ve fundraised and built two state-of-the-art respite facilities – one for children aged five to 12 and one for youth aged 13 to 18.’