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Archbishop of York Blesses ‘The Wolds’ New Service at Independent Hospital

Archbishop of York visits York House

Monday 23rd July 2012

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is to rename and bless a new service, ‘The Wolds’ at York House, an independent hospital based in York, on 23 July 2012.

York House is an assessment and rehabilitation residential centre. The new facilities allow the centre to cater for longer term patients with complex care needs in addition to the rehabilitation services already provided.

York House is a joint venture between the nationally based charity, The Disabilities Trust and The Retreat - a specialist mental health care provider, working with the NHS to provide care for people with complex and challenging needs. York House forms part of the nationwide network of specialist rehabilitation centres provided by The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).Our

The Archbishop of York said: “I am delighted to be welcomed back to York House and to join their celebrations of the new service ‘The Wolds’. God longs for all of us to know healing and wholeness and so it’s fantastic to see the very practical nature of this at The Wolds. I pray that all involved with this wonderful provision will be delighted by the results of their hard work”

Lynn Turley, Director of BIRT commented: “We are thrilled to be welcoming His Grace to open the new phase of York House and to officially name it. We are honoured that he could join us and help us to celebrate this occasion. We are also delighted to welcome, the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Keith Hyman and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Karen Hyman; the Sheriff of York, Councillor Paul Firth and Sheriff’s Lady, Mrs Jenny Firth.”

Previously a ward at the Retreat Hospital, Phase III has been transformed to offer places for 10 people. The Archbishop is to bless and rename this new service ‘The Wolds’. Designed for individuals who are unable to move on to community based settings due to the nature and severity of the symptoms of their condition, ‘The Wolds’ offers a cost effective continuing rehabilitation service for people with longer term needs.

For more information about BIRT or York House please visit

About BIRT and York House

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) is part of the Disabilities Trust and the means by which The Disabilities Trust provides its brain injury services

The Disabilities Trust is a leading national charity, providing innovative care, rehabilitation and support solutions for people with profound physical impairments, acquired brain injury and learning disabilities as well as children and adults with autism.

People are at the heart of everything we do and our services across the country include purpose-built residential accommodation, community-based housing, respite care, special education and community enabling services to maximise each individual’s independence.

Working in partnership with those we support, their families and friends, local authorities, health authorities, housing associations and other organisations, we have an established track record of delivering leading-edge services that meet the needs of people with complex and challenging disabilities. We are continually looking to refine our existing services and develop new ones in response to identified individual needs.

For more information, contact Helen Tridgell, Head of Marketing and Fundraising on 01444 237279 or Sally Rogers, Marketing Officer, BIRT on 01444 237294


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