Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams attends launch of Phoebe Cusden House

Councillors Richard Davies, Rachel Eden, Rose Williams and the mayor, Councillor Mohammed Ayub

Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams was among the attendees at the launch event for the opening of Phoebe Cusden House on 31 March. The supported living accommodation at Whitley Rise, Basingstoke Road is owned and managed by Reading Borough Council (RBC).

Guests for the event included members of Phoebe Cusden’s family, residents of the flats, contractors, Councillor Rachel Eden, Councillor Richard Davies and the mayor, Councillor Mohammed Ayub.

Phoebe Cusden was mayor of Reading from 1946-47 and started the twinning relationship with Düsseldorf in 1947. The Reading Düsseldorf Association celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

The 11 flat scheme cost £2 million and was jointly funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and RBC.

Rachel Eden, lead councillor for adult social care, said:

This is an exciting way in which, despite the budget challenges we face, we are supporting residents to live fulfilling lives.

It really does offer the best of both worlds – privacy and independence combined with support and care. Not only does the supported living scheme offer residents more independence and an alternative to a care home, in the long term it will also generate savings for the council.


  1. Celebration event marks opening of Phoebe Cusden House supported living scheme
  2. Phoebe Cusden House on Basingstoke Road
  3. Reading Düsseldorf Association
  4. Homes and Communities Agency

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