New hope for single people with dependent relatives is contained lei the plans of Mr. Michael Wall, a London art dealer. For Mr. Wall, founder of the National Association for Single People and their Dependants, intends to build a specially designed village where young single people can lead a normal life without leaving ill or ageing members of their family who rely on them.
The village will consist of 14 double units to house 28 residents. Each dependant will have a self-contained living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen facilities, but relatives will live in adjoining quarters for easy access and will share a private garden. Mr. Wall points out that it costs a local authority £40 a week to keep an elderly sick person in a private hospital.
Under his scheme, the group will be able to employ a state registered nurse from the £5 weekly attendance allowance.
The village will have a communal garden and meeting place where villagers can meet each other, and Mr. Wall hopes to instal a bleeper system to call the S.R.N. in an emergency.
Apart from legal costs finance is scarcely a problem, as the Ravensbourne Housing Society in Bromley, Kent, has offered to back the scheme on a non-profit making basis, and tenants will pay rent at cost. To keep land speculators at hay, says Mr. Wall, the site of the first village is being kept a close secret.
Although he is a Buddhist, Mr. Wall is keen to have Catholic support for his plan partly due to the terms of the land sale, and partly because Catholics have already given him support. He would like to get in touch with Catholics who have dependent relatives and who might consider living in a village of the kind he has in mind.
His own mother, who is aged 73, has had several "terminal" illnesses and needs assistance to get about. Mr. Wall, who has a horror of institutionalised care, refuses to leave her, and even sold the lower half of his house to stay with her.
"We're trying to end the story where milk bottles are left outSite the door and young people come home to the funeral," he said.
Catholics Who have a problem of supporting a dependent relative or who wish to offer moral support to Mr. Wall are invited to write to him at 221 Norbury Crescent, London SW16 4JX, 01-764 8892.