• Monday , 20 October 2014

Pioneering housing development opens

A brand new housing development for people with learning disabilities was officially opened by Sandwell Council leader Councillor Darren Cooper.

It's open: John Wade, of Bromford Support, Councillor Darren Cooper and Sandwell's corporate director, people, Barbara Peacock, mark the opening of a supported living development in West Bromwich.The supported living development in West Bromwich, will be home to 11 people, aged between 23 and 70 plus, with a range of needs.

It will allow them to take control of their lives as much as possible with trained staff who know their needs close at hand.

Owned and managed by Bromford Support, the development includes bungalows and flats and is the result of months of planning, consultation and hard work by a multi-agency group.

This includes Bromford and Sanctuary housing associations, Mansell Construction, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Affinity Trust.

Councillor Cooper said: “This project is an excellent example of collaboration in a good cause, with different disciplines and agencies from both the public and private sectors working so successfully together.

“It shows how we can bring together our expertise and experience with fantastic results and I sincerely congratulate all involved – including the residents who have played a key part throughout.”

Sandwell’s corporate director, people, Barbara Peacock and Bromford Housing managing director John Wade also attended the ceremony.

Mr Wade said: “This fantastic development, that was turned around in such a short timeframe, will provide a comfortable and supportive home that will enable the people who live there to thrive and live as independently as possible.”

Karen Dowman, chief executive of the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said she was delighted the homes were finished and ready for people to move into.

She said: “It’s the final step in a long journey for residents and for the staff supporting them during the transition from their NHS residences.

“A large number of people have worked hard to make this project happen and we are confident that the housing will support residents to live full and independent lives.

“We wish the residents every happiness in their new homes and every success to the new service providers in continuing to support them.”

Mansell’s divisional manager of Partnership Housing, Simon Liversage said: “We are delighted to be involved in the construction of such an important development and during the course of the project we have also been fortunate to have the opportunity to support the borough’s economy through local apprenticeship training and SME supply chain engagement.”

Simon Ketteridge, Affinity Trust Midlands divisional director, said it was the first time the trust had worked with adults with learning disabilities in Sandwell.

He added: “We believe supported living provides people with the best opportunities to have control over all aspects of their lives and to actively participate in their local community.

“These new services will help to transform people’s lives, open up new opportunities and experiences and support them to achieve their goals and aspirations.”

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