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Local MP opens purpose-built Black County Housing Group supported living homes
Leading local social business Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) has celebrated the official opening of four brand new purpose-built properties in Brierley Hill specifically designed to accommodate residents with physical and learning disabilities.
Five residents and their families met with Mike Wood, the local Member of Parliament for Dudley South, as they joined guests to launch the supported living complex on Wilson Road.
Mr Wood was on hand to meet residents and gave a short speech to officially open the complex. He then received a guided tour of the new facilities and took part in the ceremonial planting of a tree in the complex’s garden.
The four bespoke bungalows at the site will be the first home to adults with physical and learning disabilities moving away from their families, and have been specially designed to cater to their individual needs. The properties have been adapted to help them to lead as independent a life as possible and will be supported by 18 new members of staff.
Commenting on the ceremony BCHG chief executive Amanda Tomlinson said: “I would like to thank Mr Wood for attending the launch of our new bungalows and his kind words, as well as helping the residents with the tree planting.
“We want to see people with disabilities live life to the full and enjoy all that life can offer, and our services such as this new facility at Wilson Road are designed specifically to support this. Our aspiration is to develop more accommodation for supported living and I hope that future funding will be available to enable this.”
BCHG have worked closely with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council to identify suitable individuals who want to start living independently and who would benefit from supported living services. The new site will build on the success of a similar scheme at the nearby Whitepoplars Close, which opened three years ago.
Tina Hanson-Jones, BCHG’s supported living manager said: “The purpose of this complex is to help people with disabilities build their confidence and independence. It will help them take control of their lives and develop essential life skills – with support on hand whenever it is needed.
“We are extremely excited to be opening this new supported living facility – no disability should be too big or too small for us to accommodate.”
The not-for-profit organisation is also helping to fund the conversion of wasteland at the rear of the properties on Wilson Road into a new sensory garden, which will include extensive planting, seating areas, a pizza oven and a giant chess set.
BCHG provides personalised care, support and supported living services to people of any age living with a learning and/or physical disability.