Supported living scheme shortlisted for national award

An innovative Sandwell Council supported-living scheme in West Bromwich has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The £13m Oxford Road development, which has 93 council homes for people with health and social care needs, has been shortlisted in the Best Housing, Regeneration and New Build category in the Association for Public Service Excellence awards.

The APSE awards recognise the very best in local government frontline services across the UK. The scheme – which includes 35 bungalows and 58 apartments with eight especially designed for wheelchair users – gives people the opportunity to live their lives independently with the care and support they need. Each home is also equipped with a community alarm and all have safety features built in to help people stay as independent as possible while feeling safe and secure at all times. In addition, the location layout, landscaping and design of the homes have all been carefully considered with the needs and wellbeing of those living in them at the forefront of the design. Earlier this year the development was recognised with Black Country Garden City status by a panel of planning and regeneration experts, part of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Joanne Hadley, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for homes, said: “It’s great news that this innovative scheme has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. Feedback from residents has been tremendously positive and there is already a strong sense of community developing there.” Councillor Farut Shaeen, cabinet member for living healthy lives, added: “The Oxford Road development is an excellent example of teams across the council working together – in this case housing and adult social care – to provide quality homes for some of our most vulnerable residents. It’s very satisfying that such a project is being recognised at a national level.” The winners of the APSE awards will be announced on Thursday 12 September in Newcastle.

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