Supported living for people in Warrington dealing with enduring mental health challenges has improved with the launch of our new development in the town.
Members of Warrington District Council, along with MP Helen Jones, celebrated the opening of our Quadrant House development, which is based on Church Street.
Comprising of 16 apartments, Quadrant House provides a safe home environment for adults with enduring mental health problems. Specialist staff are on-site 24 hours a day to provide comprehensive support, as and when required.
The £1.8 million development is the result of a partnership between HB Villages, Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care.
Mayor Faisal Rashid officially opened the building, along with Helen Jones MP.
Helen Jones MP, said:
“I’m proud that Warrington is leading the way in terms of investment in specialist supported housing. It is important to me that we take care of the most vulnerable people in our society. This HB Villages scheme goes a long way in providing a safe and comfortable environment for people with enduring mental health challenges. It is important that people are given the opportunity, with developments like this, to live as independently as possible.”
Alastair Sheehan, Development and Planning Director of HB Villages, said:
“Quadrant House was one of our first specialist supported living developments and it is fantastic to see the positive impact it is having on the residents who live here.
“The tenants are integrating well into the local community and they continue to make progress with their overall health. We’re currently looking at more locations in the region and we are proud to showcase Quadrant House as a fine example of what positive outcomes can be achieved for vulnerable people with the right kind of housing and support services.”
Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, adds:
“Lifeways is committed to providing innovative homes for adults with a range of needs including those who suffer from enduring mental health problems. Quadrant House delivers a safe environment with onsite care staff, while also providing a home to call their own. Tenants will be able to live as independently as possible while receiving the right support.”
Peter Ottowell, Chairman at Inclusion Housing, said:
“Quadrant House is a prime example of what can be delivered through innovative partnerships that put the service users at the heart of everything we do. Inclusion Housing are proud to be a part of the strong working partnership with HB Villages, Lifeways and the Local Authority that has brought the project to this point. We look forward to seeing how our tenants develop with improvements in their health and wellbeing and will continue to deliver high quality homes for the most vulnerable members of society.”
Located in the heart of Burnley, Burnham Court is a new development of 12 attractive one bedroom apartments for individuals who require specialist, individualised, and person centred support including two accessible apartments for people with a physical disability.
The development has been a partnership between Lifeways, HomeLife, and Inclusion Housing. The apartments are spacious and close to the town centre and transport links. Fitted with assistive technology as standard, Burnham Court offers a range of devices that can be tailored to individual needs.
The Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Mr Jeff Sumner, attended the ceremony and officially opened the scheme on Tuesday 29 November 2016. Prospective tenants and their family members had the opportunity to experience the finished development, speak first hand with the team involved in the project, and to find out more about the service.
Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, said:
“We are delighted to be part of such an exciting and innovative development. The facilities, opportunities, and support on offer at Burnham Court will provide each tenant with the confidence and independence to choose how they live their lives.”
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Work is under way for a new development providing supported accommodation for young adults with disabilities in Blackburn.
Commissioned by Blackburn with Darwen Council, the £900,000 project scheduled to be completed by October, is being constructed by specialist accommodation developer Homelife in partnership with Inclusion Housing and Lifeways Community Care.
It will provide12 one-bedroomed apartments for young adults with a variety of disabilities along with on-site specialist support.
The council’s children’s services director Maureen Bateson said the Apple Street scheme was ‘a major step forward for young people seeking their independence as adults.”
The development in Wensley Fold has been designed in two wings to create an individuality within the building and is set over two floors with a central office within the reception foyer and staff accommodation on the first floor.
It also includes a quiet room and a sensory room that opens into a secluded garden to the rear of the development, off the central axis of the building.
Andrew Hopkinson, director of Homelife, said:
“ The apartments will make a big difference to people’s lives, enabling them to live independently with support.
“We are delighted Blackburn with Darwen Council chose Homelife to design and build the property and for their vision, support and approach.”
Cllr Bateson said:
“This is a really excellent development of the type we need.
“It provides young adults with difficulties seeking to move on with their lives independently with a long-term home.”
Homelife is a specialist development company who design and build bespoke supported accommodation delivering individually-tailored housing solutions that meet the needs of local people.
So far this year, we’ve successfully implemented a number of service and business enhancements which is helping us to deliver on our business plan. As we head into the final quarter of 2016, it’s important that we maintain this success and keep delivering the right results and the right outcomes.
Encouragingly, we’re still working with partners to approve new developments and we’re also exploring opportunities with a wider range of business partners.
We have now exceeded 1000 units in management, which is a significant milestone and means that we will now come under closer scrutiny by the Regulator (HCA – Homes and Communities Agency). All the plans that we have implemented during the past twelve months put us in a strong position.
Rent Arrears are at an historic low of approximately 1.3% while bad debt is also below target – thank you to everyone who has contributed to this excellent performance.
As new developments come into management void levels remain high. However we are letting more properties than are being terminated so this is positive and we continue to maintain our focus to reduce overall void numbers. Void loss is below target, demonstrating our continued improvement in this regard.
We’re well on track for more growth – watch this space for more developments as we shape up to approach 2017 with the same rigour and enthusiasm to be a major player in the specialist supported housing sector.
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