Residents of a £3m specialist supported living scheme for disabled adults in Bloxwich were warmly welcomed into their new apartments at an official launch event.
Fountain Court, a development of sixteen new apartments on Buxton Road enables people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.
Comprising 16 apartments, Fountain Court has been developed by specialist supported housing developer HBV.
Steve Jordan, of HBV, welcomed the residents into their new apartments, and said:
“I’m delighted to welcome sixteen new residents to this important development in the community. Judging from the waiting list of people wanting to move in, there’s clearly a need for more of these kind of developments where vulnerable people are given the opportunity to live more independently from their parents or in sheltered accommodation.
“We’re pleased that Bloxwich is providing a fine example of the specialist supported living model and providing a modern and safe environment for people to live their lives independently and with the freedom to manage their own homes.”
Councillors Kath Phillips and Julie Fitzpatrick, who have both supported the scheme from its inception, cut a special ribbon to mark its official launch.
Councillor Kath Phillips, said:
"I'm delighted to see this site returning to its long-standing former glory as a hub of the community. We've always cared for people at this site and it is pleasing to see this continue. I'm delighted to help launch this much-needed suitable accommadation for some of the most vulnerable people in our society."
Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick, said:
“This is a remarkable addition to our local community and I’m delighted that the scheme has proved so popular that there was a queue of people keen to move in. Fountain Court has a real community feel to it and I’m delighted that I’ve been able to work alongside my colleagues at Walsall Council to help deliver this scheme in Bloxwich."
Tom Falconer of Lifeways, said:
“All our residents have specific physical or learning development needs and care is tailored to them all individually. We’re delighted that this development has proved so popular with residents and their families.
“Strong bonds and friendships have already been made between our care team here and all the residents. We’re excited about the prospect of more schemes like this being delivered in Bloxwich to enhance the outcomes of people’s lives.”
Alastair Sheehan, director of HBV, added:
"These kind of specialist supported living schemes help tackle the issue of isolation faced by vulnerable adults. They give residents the choice to live where they want to, independently and in a safe environment. We hope the residents enjoy the table tennis table we have provided which was jointly supported by Table Tennis England.”