Daniel Yorath House in Leeds recently undertook extensive modernisation including upgrading two service user kitchens, installing a new ‘rise and fall’ sink and hob, plus new electronic access points doors. Opened in 1992, it was one of the first assessment and rehabilitation centres for brain injury in the UK.

Rachel Harrison, Interim Service Manager at Daniel Yorath House said: "We are very thankful to Bill Dove, Mark Lemm and the team from E2M Ltd., they worked with minimum disruption to the service, were very respectful of the service users throughout that time and the final result is fantastic. We would also like to give a special mention to Howdens Joinery who kindly donated the electric rise and fall sink. The work took place over a six-week period and has given a fantastic boost to our team, particularly as service users have given it their seal of approval!"

Emily Matthews and Gavin Moore from E Matthews Electrical Contractors upgraded the downstairs kitchen and one of the rooms to make them more service user friendly. As a result, service user Dan Carter has more control over accessing his room, via an electronic fob system, meaning he can open his door with a simple click of the button. The next stage is to change the manual key locks to electronic fobs for ultimate ease. Rachel continued:

Dan is very up to date with modern technology and has many electronics in his room so several additional sockets were added to keep up with him!

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Rachel would like to thank Kevin Fitzpatrick, Regional Estates and Properties Manager for his involvement in the project from the planning through to the final checks which allowed her to concentrate on Daniel Yorath House whilst these works were completed.

Daniel Yorath House specialises in the assessment and rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury and complex needs such as cognitive, physical and/or emotional difficulties, including physical and verbal aggression, impaired social functioning and disinhibited behaviour. It offers a range of flexible rehabilitation options within a modern and comfortable environment and forms part of the nationwide network of rehabilitation support services provided by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).

(Pictured left to right are: Emily Matthews, of E Matthews Electrical Contractors, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Regional Property Manager of The Disabilities Trust, Daniel, Service User, Adam, Depot Manager, Howdens Joinery, Mike Twycross, Kitchen Designer, Howdens Joinery and Gavin Moore of E Matthews Electrical Contractors)

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