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  • 6 September, 2018

Work nearly complete on £4.9 million supported housing development

 

Ridings Gardens, on Manorley Lane, off Halifax Road, will provide accommodation for adults with a range of learning and physical disabilities.

It will have 16 apartments, plus a separate block of fully-customised apartments for adults with complex needs.

The development is the result of an ongoing partnership between property developer HBV, Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Zafar Ali led the topping out ceremony and said: “Bradford has a growing population of adults with a range of disabilities and this is expected to grow even further over the coming years. “Developments of this type will allow the local disabled population of Bradford to live within their own home but be fully supported by wonderful care staff. “Developments of this type are a really good example of what can be done using the specialist supported living model, which is a fantastic approach.”

Alastair Sheehan, Development and Planning Director of HBV, added: “Ridings Garden will provide the opportunity for local adults with disabilities to have their own home, but with the added benefit of on-site support staff. “It is fantastic to see building near completion, and the whole of the HBV team looks forward to following its progress and meeting the tenants once completed.”

Janine Forshaw, New Build Manager at Lifeways said the development will provide the “highest quality” of adapted accommodation. She said: “Lifeways is committed to providing innovative homes for adults with learning and physical disabilities.“Ridings Garden delivers on all fronts, from the overall design of the scheme through to the finishing touches in each apartment, this development will provide the highest quality of adapted accommodation. “Tenants will be able to live as independently as possible in their own home but with the added benefit of support staff being available on site.”

Paul Atkins, Property Director at Inclusion Housing, said: “Ridings Garden is a great example of what we are able to achieve through an innovative partnership. Inclusion Housing continue to be proud of working alongside HBV, Lifeways and the Local Authority who have gotten the project this far. We look forward to welcoming new tenants in due course and will continue to work closely with the partnership to deliver high quality homes for the most vulnerable members of society.”

  • 23 August, 2018

NEW housing in Worcester for people with complex care needs is almost complete.

Specialised Supported Housing is creating 20 new apartments in Comer Road, St John’s which will allow disabled people to live independently thanks to technology.

For example, residents will be able to lock their doors and turn on appliances using remote controls.

Grant Livingstone, founder of Specialised Supported Housing, said: “After growing up with a brother who had a learning disability, I quickly realised that the care industry needed support from the private sector to supply quality supported living environments.

“I work with a team of like-minded partners and our vision is to build homes that will lead to better outcomes for those that live in them.”

The developers are working in partnership with support provider, Lifeways, and social care landlord, Inclusion Housing, to provide the apartments, which are due to be complete early nexr month.

Jabba Riaz, the Mayor of Worcester, joined the developers to celebrate the progress of the housing scheme with a tree planting ceremony.

Cllr Riaz was also given a tour of the new development, named Bedwardine Court, and was able to find out more about the homes that will be available to people in the local area.

“I was very impressed by the level of equipment and thought behind the design and build of the project,” said Cllr Riaz. “It shows what can be achieved when developers, care providers and local authorities come together to achieve a common goal.

“Grant clearly has a personal motive and ambition to build the best supported living accommodation in the business and that passion shows in the level of detail, the high quality of finish and empathy toward the eventual tenants.”

Tom Falconer, project manager at Lifeways, said: “Lifeways is thrilled to be part of finding a solution to meet the needs of local people wanting to move on to greater independence.”

See the original press release at:  http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/16589983.new-worcester-apartments-allow-disabled-people-to-live-independently/

  • 26 June, 2018

Leaders in Diversity

Leaders in Diversity Award Stage 3

Inclusion are delighted to announce the achievement of Investors in Diversity standard at Stage Three.

As part of the process the National Centre of Diversity noted the commitment from people at all levels of the organisation.  The accreditation will run for 2 years and Inclusion will continue its continuous improvement approach to diversity within the business.

Special thanks and well done to all staff at Inclusion on this achievement!

  • 21 June, 2018

Acer Holdings Launches New Development With HBV In Cumbria

Residents of a £2.5m specialist supported living scheme for disabled adults were warmly welcomed into their new apartments at an official launch event in Workington.

Viaduct Court, a development of sixteen new apartments on Falcon Street people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.

Viaduct Court has been developed by local specialist supported housing developers Acer Holdings Limited and HBV.

Tenants were joined by Elizabeth Mallinson (Chair of Cumbria County Council), Ian Jones (Chief Executive of Allerdale Borough Council) and the Mayor and Mayoress of Workington at a special event to mark the official launch.

A spokesperson for Acer Holdings Limited, said:

“We are delighted to welcome some of the most vulnerable people in our community to our new development. 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 are pleased to be bringing more of these developments to Cumbria and we are grateful for the support of all the officers who commission adult social care services and local politicians who are supporting us to deliver them in the region.”

Mayor of Workington, Councillor Barbara Cannon, said:

“As a local resident, I’m pleased that Workington is providing a fine example of the specialist supported living model and providing a modern and safe environment for disabled people to live their lives independently and with the freedom to manage their own homes.”

Elizabeth Mallinson, Chair of Cumbria County Council, said:

“This is a remarkable addition to our local community and I’m delighted that the scheme has proved so popular with the tenants and their families. Viaduct Court has a real community feel to it and I’m delighted to see a positive partnership coming together between the public and private sector to deliver this scheme.”

Alastair Sheehan, director of HBV, added:

“This 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.”

  • 8 May, 2018

Dale Valley View, Buxton

New £3m independent living housing scheme opens in Buxton.  The official opening of the new Dale Valley View in Buxton.  A new specialist supported housing scheme for disabled adults has opened in Buxton. Dale Valley View, on Dale Road, is a £3m development with 15 specialist apartments to enable tenants to live as independently as possible while also providing 24/7 help and support. Councillor Jean Wharmby, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for adult care, who officially opened the building, said: “It’s a welcome new development which will give people with a disability more choice about where they live.” Alastair Sheehan, development and planning director for HBV, said: “This is a prime example of how specialist supported housing can make a huge difference to adults with disabilities.”

Read more at: https://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/news/new-3m-independent-living-housing-scheme-opens-in-buxton-1-9148901

 

  • 23 April, 2018

Inclusion Housing win The Queens Award 2018

Inclusion Housing is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the ‘Queens Award for Enterprise’ in recognition of our innovation in housing vulnerable adults and increasing their social mobility. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards. Neil Brown, our Chief Executive, says: “I am delighted that we have won such a prestigious award. This recognises the exceptional team here at Inclusion, and the great partnership work that ensures that we can help vulnerable adults. Hopefully this will mean that we can do more good for those who need it most”.

  • 23 April, 2018

Balls Road – Wirral Scheme

 

Inclusion are pleased to announce our first scheme in Wirral, delivered in partnership with Wirral Council, Lifeways Community Care and Virum Victum Healthcare.  The refurbished apartment scheme will provide 15 self-contained apartments for individuals with learning disabilities.

  • 12 March, 2018

Scale-up Business of the Year – Area Winner

Scale-up Business of the Year – Area Winner

Inclusion Housing are pleased to announce they are 1 of 11 winning Yorkshire and Humberside businesses to go forward to the national FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 finals after being awarded Scale-up Business of the Year – Area Winner.  The Yorkshire and Humberside winners were announced by Master of Ceremonies and BBC broadcaster Dave Sharpe in a ceremony at John Smith Stadium on the afternoon of 7th March.

 Simon Williams, FSB Yorkshire and Humberside representative, said:

“Congratulations to all this year’s Yorkshire and Humberside FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners. They are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up our region’s small business community. It’s been thrilling to see so many of the region’s businesses enthusiastically take part in our awards and the sheer scale and diversity of those who entered is a testimony to the vitality of the small business community in the Yorkshire and Humberside area. The best of luck to all our winners for the UK national finals in May.”

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards celebrate the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the country, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. Twelve area awards finals take place between January and March, with the national UK finals taking place at a VIP attended awards ceremony on 3 May in London.

Neil Brown, Inclusion Housing CEO, said:

“Inclusion is a disruptor business and has developed and implemented a proven innovatory model of venture funding and private sector development to provide tailored accommodation to meet the commissioning requirements of local health and care agencies; without the need for grant subsidy. By challenging a traditional commissioning model of grant funding, public commissioning and delivery through a partnership model that shares/mitigates risk Inclusion have been able to work in partnership to attract sources of commercial funding to develop, lease and manage independent living accommodation for disabled adults that saves the public purse thousands of pounds per customer by reducing reliance on registered care”

  • 30 January, 2018

Supported Living Developer Completes £7m Project

Supported living developer HBV has completed a £7m build project in Coventry.

It will hand over the new supported living scheme in Jardine Crescent, Tile Hill, in March.

The scheme comprises a single block of eight and a single block of 16 apartments. In addition, 10 apartments supporting adults who require high levels of complex care will be launched.

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HBV’s appointed contractor is J Tomlinson and the residents, who will be referred by Coventry City Council, will move in soon after the final interior is fitted out.

Alastair Sheehan, head of development at HBV, said: “We are committed to improving the standards of supported living accommodation and are confident that Jardine Crescent will be a much-welcomed addition to Coventry.

“Our development provides the opportunity for local adults with disabilities to have their own home, but with the added benefit of on-site support staff. When combined at the outset with assistive technology commissioned concurrently, the outcomes for tenants are greatly enhanced.”

Cllr Faye Abbott, cabinet member for adult services at Coventry City Council, said: “It is fantastic to see Coventry have a development of this type. This scheme goes a long way in providing a safe and comfortable environment for people with learning and physical disabilities, as well as more serious cases of complex care.”

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, has also given his backing to the project.

He said: “It’s important to me to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society are cared for in the West Midlands. One of the key issues I want to address as Mayor is to not only see existing housing stock improved and upgraded but new developments like this built on appropriate brownfield sites like this.

“This is a really good example of what can be done using the specialist supported living model which is a fantastic approach to dealing with the shortage of quality accommodation for vulnerable adults.”

He added: “By living in their own apartment, rather than living with parents or in sheltered accommodation, vulnerable adults will gain more independence and dignity to live their lives in a supportive community.

“I would be keen to see more specialist supported living schemes developed in this way at the right sites.”

HBV operates in a joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments.

Calderpeel was architect on the project and care will be provided by Lifeways, Registered provider is Inclusion Housing.

The development is future-proofed with integrated assistive technology provided by ATEL including automatic doors, care call system and access control.

  • 11 January, 2018

Works Starts In Norfolk For Another Supported Living Development

Members of South Norfolk Council attended the groundbreaking ceremony of a new specialist supported housing development which is being built on Hardingham Road, Hingham.

South Norfolk Council Chairman, Councillor Barry Duffin, officially opened the ceremony on Friday 08 September, and gave a passionate speech about how a development of this type will benefit the local population.

The development will provide local adults with learning and physical disabilities, along with those with high levels of complex care with a safe home environment and is the result of a partnership between Inclusion Housing CIC, Lifeways Community Care and HB Villages. Fieldview Gardens, on Hardingham Road is a multi-million development, consisting of 16 apartments and will be delivered by contractor, LA Construction.

Hingham Groundbreaking Ceremony

Councillor Barry Duffin, South Norfolk Council, said: “It’s important to me to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society are cared for in Hingham and further afield. This is a really good example of what can be done using the specialist supported living model which is a fantastic approach to dealing with the shortage of quality accommodation for vulnerable adults, improving lives whilst making better use of the Adult Social Care Budget.

“I am really pleased with the progress made and philosophy taken by HB Villages and can see that the key objective is to make sure better outcomes are achieved for residents and the wider local community. By living in their own apartment, rather than living with parents or in sheltered accommodation, vulnerable adults will gain more independence and dignity to live their lives in a supportive community. I would be keen to see more specialist supported living schemes developed in this way at the right sites.”

Alastair Sheehan, Development Director of HB Villages, commented: “Fieldview Gardens will allow vulnerable individuals the ability to live as independently as possible, not only in terms of the 24-hour support on a site located in a highly sustainable location, but one that will also have a comprehensive and bespoke assistive technology offering. It is with the greatest pleasure that we are able to see building work start, and we all look forward to following its progress and to meeting the tenants and their families once the build is completed.”

Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, adds: “As a company, we’re committed to providing the latest in specialist supported housing for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Fieldview Gardens is a prime example of what we can offer, delivering on all fronts, from architecture that blends into the local environment through to the finishing touches inside. Tenants will be able to live as independently as possible in their own home but with the added benefit of support staff being available on site.”

Paul Atkins, Property Director at Inclusion Housing, says: “The development in Hingham is another example of what can be delivered through innovative partnership working. Inclusion Housing is 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 welcoming new tenants in due course and will continue to work closely with the partnership to deliver high-quality homes for the most vulnerable members of society.”

  • 2 January, 2018

Stourside

Stourside

Stourside, Stourport on Severn

Stourside, Stourport on Severn has recently completed and is now in management. This is a new build development providing 15 one-bed apartments designed specifically for use by adults with physical or learning disabilities.  The scheme has been developed by HB Villages in partnership with Inclusion Housing, Lifeways Community Care and with consultation with Worcestershire County Council.  First occupation of the scheme is expected to take place early in the new year.

  • 5 December, 2017

Springside

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Springside, Spring Lane, Walsall

Springside, Walsall has recently completed and is now in management. This development involved the conversion of an existing building to provide 6 self-contained apartments.  The scheme is within a wider site with a registered care facility leased and managed by Lifeways Community Care alongside it.

The scheme has been developed by Arkid Developments, along with Lifeways Community Care and Walsall Council. Occupation is expected to commence in early 2018.

Development Manager: Ben Johnson

Managing Agent: Kimberley Tsiga

  • 30 October, 2017

Work starts on new £4m housing scheme in Kingstanding

Twenty-eight new apartments are being built on College Road which will be adapted for people with physical disabilities

Building work has officially commenced at the site of a former care home in Kingstanding to bring new apartments for people living with disabilities.

Twenty-eight new flats are being built at the site on College Road, which will be adapted for people with physical disabilities or learning development challenges.

The £4 million scheme, called Oak House, is expected to be completed by the end of next year and become the latest addition to Inclusion Housing supported housing portfolio in the Midlands.

MP for Kingstanding Jack Dromey, who officially started work at the site, said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to officially start work at this site in the heart of our community.

“We need to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society are well cared for and looked after in suitable accommodation.

“This development will put a lot of smiles on a lot of people’s faces when it is completed next year.

“I’m looking forward to visiting the site when it is completed and meeting its residents.”

Alastair Sheehan, development director of HBV, the national specialised supported living developer, said: “We have had tremendous support from the planning team at Birmingham City Council as well as the commissioning team responsible for delivering specialist supported care.

“We’re delighted that everyone recognises the need for specialist supported living accommodation for some of the local community’s most vulnerable people.

“Oak House is set to be a fantastic example of what can be achieved through innovative partnership, working not only between statutory, not for profit and private sectors, but importantly between the NHS and adult social care teams.

“Birmingham is one of the first places to actively promote the integration towards a combined solution.

“We’re proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit is yet to come: welcoming the residents into their new home.”

  • 9 October, 2017

Inspiring entrepreneurs and companies feature in Amazon Growing Business Awards shortlist

Inclusion has entered this year’s Amazon Growing Business Awards 2017, hosted by Real Business and supported by the CBI.

Inclusion has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m-£25m); the winners will be announced at a gala dinner in London in November.

The 2017 edition of the Amazon Growing Business Awards will see the likes of CV-Library, web expenses, Flight Club Darts and Revolut vie for accolades, with the awards shortlist featuring an abundance of talent.

Stand-up comedian Iain Stirling will host this year’s awards

Now in their 19th year, the leading awards programme for British entrepreneurs and SMEs has assembled an awards shortlist showcasing the very best of UK enterprise talent.

Coming to a culmination on 29 November at The Brewery in East London, a stellar pool of judges, including the Graze co-founder Anthony Fletcher and Trunki founder Rob Law, will ultimately decide who walks off with the 17 awards up for grabs.

Hunter Ruthven, editor of Real Business, said: “Every year we wonder where the next batch of entrepreneurial and business growth talent will come from, and each year we’re left blown away.

“From disruptive financial technology platforms to new ways for Brits to spend an evening socialising, the great thing about the Amazon Growing Business Awards is it unearths inspiring enterprises changing the way every facet of our everyday life is tackled.”

“The depth and breadth of this year’s shortlist proves why the UK is a great place to set up and run a business,” said Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon

Previous well-known winners at the Amazon Growing Business Awardsinclude Tangle Teezer, Zoopla, Fever-Tree and Ella’s Kitchen – all brands that have become household names and synonymous with British business growth potential.

Luke Johstone, the founder PACK’D and winner of the awards’ 2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, said: “We worked incredibly hard to grow PACK’D from a Prince’s Trust market stall to market leader and the Amazon Growing Business Awards gave us a huge boost in confidence.

“It showed us that we were beginning to make the sort of progress that we had dreamed of, that our dedication was being recognised and that perseverance pays off. At a key time in our business, this was the fuel we needed to help drive us forwards.”

One disruptive business that made the shortlist this year is Wine Picker, a “social wine” app that allows users to access food and wine matching services. CEO Josselin Guibert described being nominated for Innovator of the Year in this year’s awards shortlist as an “amazing feeling”.

“It’s great to see that British passion for food, knowledge and businesses that can enhance consumer lifestyle is celebrated,” she added. “These awards help great ideas spread and Wine Picker is thrilled to be part of it.”

Meanwhile, Doug Gurr, UK country manager for headline sponsor Amazon, believes the depth and breadth of this year’s awards shortlist proves why the UK is a great place to set up and run a business.

“With a record number of applicants, there was a high level of competition in every category. I’d like to congratulate all of the businesses shortlisted and wish them all the best of luck on the awards night,” he said.

Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m-£25m)

  • Falcon Green, London
  • Inclusion Housing, York
  • LA Micro Group UK, York
  • Lights4fun, Harrogate
  • Little Dish, London
  • Reassured, Basingstoke
  • Telensa, Cambridge
  • The Travel Chapter, Bideford

 

  • 9 October, 2017

Stourbank, Haymedow

 

 

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Delivery of Specialist Supported Housing in Warwickshire

 

The refurbishment of Stourbank, Haymeadow is now complete and in management with the property providing 5 en-suite rooms with a shared communal living space and kitchen for use by the tenants and a staff accommodation.

 

The scheme has been developed by Homelife Supported Accommodation, in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Lifeways Community Care (care provider) and Inclusion Housing and will provide first class, supported living facilities for a range of service users.  The original building has been significantly remodelled and extended to provide a spacious, high quality facility, with all major building components renewed.

  • 19 September, 2017

Enacting change through investment

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Pilar Lara Cruz trains people to improve their chances of maintaining a tenancy, she confirms that the key to any successful tenancy begins with the tenant being able to stick to the terms that the tenancy agreement sets out. But for many vulnerable individuals, this is much easier said than done.

Homelessness charity Crisis set out to help those individuals to maintain their tenancies by launching the Renting Ready programme.

Renting Ready is a tenancy training course designed for homeless people, those at risk of homelessness, and those with limited experience of independent living. Its aim is to upskill vulnerable people to help them sustain their tenancies and live independently.

Making a social impact through funding

The course teaches individuals how to find a rented home and provides comprehensive learning around vital tenancy management skills. It covers areas such as housing options, rights and responsibilities, living on a limited budget, looking after a property and managing relationships with landlords and housemates.

“The whole ethos of the course is to prevent instances of homelessness,” says Pilar Lara Cruz, housing trainer at Crisis.

The course is helping individuals overcome some of the major barriers when trying to access accommodation, especially within the private sector. Ms Lara Cruz says that the Renting Ready programme provides a safeguard for those landlords so that they can be confident in the tenant’s ability to maintain their tenancy.

“For some landlords it could prove to be a selling point,” she adds.

Renting Ready has been delivered across Crisis’ Skylight centres for three years to more than 1,000 people, but more recently the charity has had the opportunity to expand the programme to a variety of organisations, including housing associations and local authorities.

“All participants said their confidence in managing a tenancy had improved.”

Ms Lara Cruz has been leading the development of this specialised Renting Ready programme across the country over the past 12 months, which is now funded by Civitas Social Housing.

Much of the first year has been spent developing the programme, Ms Lara Cruz says, but she has had the opportunity to start rolling out the course to vulnerable people in need.

The feedback from the training has been overwhelmingly positive, she says.

“Through feedback forms, all the participants said their confidence in managing a tenancy had improved through the course.”

But completion of the course is not the end of the process. Crisis continues to monitor the progress of individuals three months and six months after the course is completed.

For a Renting Ready course she delivered in January 2017, the results have been particularly impressive, Ms Lara Cruz explains.

“About half of the participants have moved from temporary housing on to settled accommodation and they’ve been able to maintain that tenancy so far,” she says.

Inclusion Housing service delivery focus 

To meet this need, Inclusion Housing, which operates nationally, is investing heavily to increase its portfolio of homes. Within the past few years, the organisation has grown to 1,300 properties and aims to grow further, says Mr Brown.

Inclusion Housing operates a business model that focuses on the delivery and management of housing. Its residents often need permanent support and cannot work themselves. Any government benefits they receive are often exempt from reductions experienced elsewhere.

As a result, Inclusion receives a steady, reliable rental and service charge income in return for providing its dedicated, specialist services in support of tenants.

Although it manages the properties, it doesn’t directly provide care services – these are instead delivered through a trusted network of care partners.

This freedom allows the landlord to focus on its key aim of raising the standards of service delivery for tenants across the sector, Mr Brown says.

Inclusion Housing’s singular focus has enabled it to build a strong reputation as an effective supported housing service provider since its creation in 2007. Mr Brown says it is this reputation that first attracted Civitas Social Housing to reach out to the business.

“We met and discovered that our aspirations were the same — getting the right type of growth and achieving very positive outcomes for individuals who need independent living and a better service,” he says.

In June 2017, Civitas Social Housing completed the £22m purchase of a portfolio of regulated social housing, comprising the freehold interest in 16 homes, with 173 tenancies. These properties are located across eight local authority areas, and are now leased to Inclusion to manage over a 22-year period.

“We’re providing accommodation for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and autism, some of them with quite complex needs.”

The homes were already tenanted before they were leased to Inclusion, but this arrangement saw the properties moved into the housing association sector for the first time.

This was a draw for the landlord because by bringing the homes into the sector, there was an opportunity to raise standards higher than they had been previously.

“We’re providing accommodation for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and autism, some of them with quite complex needs,” Mr Brown explains. “What we’re making sure is that property and management services remain of a very high standard.”

With occupancy levels already high and a care provider on board, taking over the management of the properties has been “relatively straightforward”, he says.

A strong working relationship with the care teams has also helped enable a smooth transition.

“We do work very closely on a local level with the care teams on the ground, so the managers and staff are on site and collaborate to ensure efficient and effective partnership working. We visit all our accommodation at least on a monthly basis to make sure standards are being maintained, but with our local people out there, we are able to respond as and when required,” he says.

Mr Brown hopes this partnership with Civitas Social Housing is just the first of many. What it has been able to achieve with this arrangement aligns closely with the organisation’s aspirations to increase stock numbers through acquisition and development.

“Through partnering with Civitas, there’s more investment going into the sector which allows for more accommodation, provides for higher standards and, more importantly, is meeting the needs and aspirations of residents.”

Inclusion Housing

 

  • 31 August, 2017

Old Viaduct Hotel

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The Old Viaduct Hotel in Workington is now complete and in management, the converted grade II listed building that was previously a hotel provides 16 x one-bedroom apartments and has been built with many tenants already identified, this has allowed input from their family and support workers so the best possible homes have been created.  The scheme has been designed for learning disabilities, focusing specifically on autism.

The scheme was developed by Woodroe Construction / HB Villages in partnership with Inclusion Housing and Lifeways and with consultation with Cumbria County Council.

The scheme will add to Inclusion’s growing presence in Cumbria, first occupation took place in early August 2017

If you have any queries about this scheme or Inclusion Housing please make contact with us on hello@inclusionhousing.org.uk or on 01904 675207

  • 31 August, 2017

Fountain Court apartment scheme opens in Buxton Road, Bloxwich, Walsall

Fountain Court

A MULTI-MILLION pound new specialist supported living scheme has been officially opened on the site of a former care home in Walsall.

Fountain Court, a £3m development of 16 new apartments in Buxton Road, Bloxwich, enables people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.

Bloxwich East councillors Kath Phillips and Julie Fitzpatrick, who have supported the scheme from its inception, cut a special ribbon to mark its official launch last Friday as the new residents were warmly welcomed into their new apartments.

Cllr 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 accommodation for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Cllr Fitzpatrick added: “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.”

The scheme has been developed by HBV and Lifeways, which supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, autism, profound and multiple learning disabilities, sensory and communication impairments, and acquired brain injuries, will be running the apartments.

Tom Falconer, of Lifeways, explained: “All our residents have specific physical or learning development needs and care is tailored to them all individually.

“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.”

HBV director Alastair Sheehan 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 accommodation and the table tennis table we have provided which was jointly supported by Table Tennis England.”

 

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  • 31 July, 2017

Stevens Court, St Helens

Stevens Court, St Helens

 

Stevens Court, St Helens

Stevens Court in St Helens is now complete and in management, the new build scheme provides 4 x one-bedroom bungalows to Physical Disability standard on the land to the rear of our existing scheme Scholes Croft.

The scheme was developed by HB Villages in partnership with Inclusion Housing and Lifeways and with consultation with St Helens Council.  The principal contractor was Pioneer Design and Build.

The scheme will add to Inclusion’s well established presence in St Helens and increase the specialised supported housing units in management in the area to around 60, first occupation is expected in September 2017

If you have any queries about this scheme or Inclusion Housing please make contact with us on hello@inclusionhousing.org.uk or on 01904 675207

  • 31 July, 2017

Investors in Diversity

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Conditional achievement of the Investors in Diversity standard at Stage Two

Inclusion are delighted to have conditionally achieved the Investors in Diversity standard at Stage Two.  The organisation is committed to rolling out an action plan agreed with the National Centre of Diversity and are now on the path to the next goal of Leaders in Diversity accreditation.

The organisation’s commitment to achieving excellence in diversity is aligned to its core values:

  • INCLUSIVE
  • EXCELLENCE
  • TRUSTED
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL
  • COLLABORATIVE

  • 7 July, 2017

Pioneer Court Opening Ceremony

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Pioneer Court have announced their Opening Ceremony, located in the heart of Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, Pioneer Court is a new development of 14 accessible and attractive one bedroom apartments and four self-contained bungalows. Now available and suitable for individuals who require specialist, individualised, and person centred support.

The development has been a partnership between Lifeways, HB Villages, and Inclusion Housing. The apartments are spacious and close to the town centre and transport links. Fitted with assistive technology as standard, the developers offer a range of devices that can be tailored to individual needs.

An opening ceremony was held at the new development on Friday 26 May 2017 where 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 find out more about the service. Phil Brundrett of Stoke City Council attended the ceremony, and the turn out and response was extremely encouraging.

Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, said: “Lifeways is delighted to be part of such an exciting and innovative development. The facilities, opportunities and support on offer at Pioneer Court will provide each tenant with the confidence and independence to choose how they live their lives.”

 

  • 12 June, 2017

Inclusion International Excellence Award

Inclusion Housing is celebrating after being awarded a Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award in the 2017, at an exclusive awards ceremony at the House of Commons, London attended by business leaders from across the globe.

Inclusion Housing, based in York, is a Social Enterprise working across England and Wales in partnership with an array of funders, carers and developers to provide specialised supported housing. They have a variety of supported living schemes designed to meet a range of housing needs for adults with learning disabilities, mental ill-health, acquired brain injuries, physical & sensory disabilities and Extra Care, including a specialist dementia scheme.

Neil Brown, Chief Executive, who received the award said “ We set ourselves high standards and I am delighted that this has been recognised through an International awards for Corporate Social Responsibility.  We try to do the right thing; this award for excellence reflects our effort and ability to turn ideas into reality to make a real difference in communities.”

The International CSR Excellence Awards are presented to companies that have a heart: caring companies that use their privileged position to help their colleagues, communities, customers, the environment and the less fortunate.

  • 8 May, 2017

WINNERS NAMED IN GRAND FINAL OF 2016/17 EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARDS

DUBROVNIK: Inclusion Housing is celebrating after being named The Business of the Year Award (T/O €0-25m) winner in the 2016/17 European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM, at an exclusive awards ceremony in Dubrovnik attended by prominent businesses leaders and European Ambassadors.

Inclusion Housing, based in York, is a Social Enterprise working across England and Wales in partnership with an array of funders, carers and developers to provide specialised supported housing. They have a variety of supported living schemes designed to meet a range of housing needs for adults with learning disabilities, mental ill-health, acquired brain injuries, physical & sensory disabilities and Extra Care, including a specialist dementia scheme.

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Neil Brown, Chief Executive, who received the award said “I’m delighted and very proud that Inclusion is the Best Small business in Europe. We are a great business doing great things; thanks to the judges for recognising this.”

The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies. Inclusion achieved success after a year-long journey in Europe’s biggest and most prestigious business competition, which this year engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries and generated almost 250,000 votes from across the globe in its public vote.

Business VIPs presented trophies to the 11 category winners of the competition
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “These companies are Europe’s best. They demonstrate innovation, ethics and financial success and are brilliant examples of the growth potential for European business in a competitive global marketplace. Together they are creating a better future for us all.”

Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International, the sixth largest global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, and long-term sponsors of the awards, said: “At RSM, we believe it is important to champion business excellence as successful and thriving companies are an integral force in driving growth and stimulating economies. The Ruban D’Honneur recipients and overall category winners have demonstrated extraordinary entrepreneurialism, innovation, leadership and business acumen. All those involved are a credit to their country and we wish them every success for the future.”

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THE WINNERS

The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Vicente Berbegal Pérez, Actui – Spain

The Award for Environmental and Corporate Sustainability – VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG – Germany

The Business of the Year Award (T/O €0-25m) – Inclusion Housing – United Kingdom

The Business of the Year Award (T/O €26-150m) – True Potential LLP – United Kingdom

The Business of the Year Award (T/O €150m+) hosted by Sysdoc – AB Vassilopoulos – Greece

The ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of the Year – MARINE INSTRUMENTS S.A. – Spain

The Award for Customer Focus – Leroy Merlin España SLU – Spain

The Employer of the Year Award – Chas Visual Management AB – Sweden

The Import/Export Award – Alion Vegetables & Fruit Co Ltd – Cyprus

The Award for Innovation – Tangle Teezer – United Kingdom

The Chairman’s Selection Award – RINGANA – Austria

European Public Champion – The Insiders – Belgium

Lifetime Achievement Award – Vjekoslav Majetic, – DOK-ING d.o.o – Croatia

The 11 category winners went through a process of written submissions, video entry judging and face-to-face interviews, and were shortlisted as one of 636 National Champions and 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients before reaching the final.

All EU member markets were represented in the competition plus Iceland, Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

For further information about the European Business Awards and RSM please go to www.businessawardseurope.com or www.rsm.global and follow us on twitter at @rsmEBA

  • 31 March, 2017

YORK-BASED SOCIAL INVESTOR INCLUSION HOUSING RELOCATES TO LARGER PREMISES WITH FUNDING FROM SANTANDER

York-based Inclusion Housing Community Interest Company (“Inclusion”), a fast-growing social enterprise business, has received £455,000 funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to purchase new headquarters.

The new, larger office on Heworth Green, York, has enough capacity to allow the firm to grow threefold, and forms part of Inclusion’s wider plans to increase staff by 5% each year as a direct response to the increase in schemes under its management across the UK.

Established in 2007, Inclusion works with commercial landlords and investors to build and manage high-quality, socially responsible care accommodation for vulnerable individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

Inclusion’s team includes a number of experienced professionals from the property, supported housing and finance professions who work closely with commissioners, care bodies and developers to offer those in need bespoke accommodation. The company’s portfolio includes wholly owned, short-term and long-term leased housing units across the UK. The funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial has enabled the company to move out of rented shared offices and to plan more effectively for future growth.

Neil Brown, CEO, Inclusion Housing Community Interest Company, said: “The funding from Santander has been central to our aspirations. We have a growing portfolio and an increasing number of staff managing the business and it was vital that we relocated to accommodate this growth. With our business rapidly expanding, our new offices will provide a base large enough to support a team connected with nationwide partners.”

Andrew Russell, Relationship Director, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Neil and the team at Inclusion with their new office move. The firm seeks to provide much needed support to highly worthwhile target market and we welcome the change to support them in this endeavour.”

  • 16 March, 2017

DIGGING STARTS AT BARROW-IN-FURNESS!

We’re pleased to announce that work is under way to deliver our latest specialist supported living scheme in Furness.

The £3m project will provide specialist supported living units for people with physical disabilities or learning difficulties.

The development, called Church Place will comprise of sixteen new apartments and two bungalows which will be built in Roose Road, Barrow on the site of a former church.

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The new homes will be delivered by our team at HB Villages in partnership with Lifeways, Inclusion Housing, Morgan Sindall Investments and Barrow BC.

The development is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

John Woodcock MP and mayor of Barrow Anita Husband jointly dug the first sods at a ceremony to mark the start of construction.

Mr Woodcock said: “It is a privilege to perform this ceremony, which is the first step on a road towards accommodating some of our most vulnerable adults.

“People with physical disabilities and learning development challenges deserve the best facilities that can be made available to them.

“I feel sure this project will provide quality living accommodation and I will be watching with interest as the development progresses.”

The homes will allow disabled adults and young people to live away from their parents and have their own independence in a safe environment.

Alastair Sheehan, development director of HB Villages, a national specialised supported living developer, said: “We’re delighted to get work started at this special site in the heart of the community.

“We’ve had tremendous support from the planning team at Barrow Borough Council as well as the commissioning team responsible for delivering specialist supported care.

“We’re delighted that everyone recognises the need for specialist supported living accommodation for some of the local community’s most vulnerable people.

“We’re proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit is yet to come: welcoming the residents into their new home.”

  • 9 March, 2017

LEEDS SCHEME LAUNCHES

Residents of a our specialist supported living scheme for disabled adults in Leeds were warmly welcomed into their new apartments at an official launch event.

Cornmill House, a development of sixteen new apartments on Moresdale Lane in Seacroft enables people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.

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Comprising 16 apartments, Cornmill House has been developed by HB Villages.

Richard Burgon MP, who welcomed the residents into their new apartments, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome sixteen new residents to this important development in our 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.

“I’m proud that Leeds 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.”

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Councillor Graham Hyde, who unveiled a plaque at the development, 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. Cornmill House has a real community feel to it and I’m delighted that I’ve been able to work alongside my colleagues at Leeds City Council to help deliver this scheme in Seacroft. I’m keen to see how we can build more of these types of schemes in the city.”

Sarah Holliday, flat scheme manager at 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 Leeds to enhance the outcomes of people’s lives.”

Michelle Dyas, operations director of Inclusion Housing said:

“It’s wonderful to see the result of such close collaboration between the statutory, not for profit and private sectors. We’re looking forward to progressing our relationship with Leeds City Council in ensuring this development is the first in a number of specialist supported living schemes to house some of the most vulnerable people in the region.”

Alastair Sheehan, development director of HB Villages, which developed the scheme, said:

“We are delighted to welcome residents into our first scheme in Leeds. This is the first step in delivering positive outcomes for those vulnerable people in our society who deserve the opportunity to live their lives in the manner and dignity that they and all of us deserve.

“We’re pleased to deliver this scheme with all our development partners and Leeds City Council who, in particular, have been extremely ‘hands on’ and progressive to ensure smooth and swift delivery of the scheme.

“These kind of specialist supported living schemes help tackle the issue of isolation faced by vulnerable adults in Leeds. They give residents the choice to live where they want to, independently and in a safe environment. We hope the residents enjoy the special barbecue we presented and the table tennis table which was jointly supported by Table Tennis England.”

Chris Parks, an architect at Calderpeel Architects, added:

“There’s a real shortage of housing for those with specialist supported living needs in Leeds, so Cornmill House will significantly boost this provision while providing these vulnerable people with the freedom to live independently in a safe environment.”

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HB Villages was formed in May 2012 in order to deliver a pipeline of new build specialist supported housing accommodation throughout the UK. Working in partnership with local commissioners, HB Villages along with project partners Inclusion Housing CIC and care provider Lifeways have developed a unique model of specialist supported housing that demonstrates an innovative and commercial approach, which can be replicated nationally without the need for housing subsidy.

  • 7 March, 2017

INCLUSION HOUSING ANNOUNCED AS A BETTER SOCIETY AWARDS FINALIST

Inclusion Housing is shortlisted for the Ethical Business Award. Inclusion Housing is a Community Interest Company (Social Enterprise) working across England in partnership with an array of funders, carers and developers to provide specialised supported accommodation without subsidy. We manage a variety of independent living schemes designed to meet a range of needs for adults with learning disabilities, mental ill-health, brain injuries, physical/sensory disabilities, dementia and Extra Care.

Neil Brown, Chief Executive said: “Inclusion Housing is an ethical business and being a finalist in the Better Society Awards highlights the great work and difference we are making across the country to enhance the quality of life for the most vulnerable in society” .

Now in their third year, the Better Society Awards, hosted by Better Society Network, are the showcase for excellence that celebrate the efforts that commercial companies make in order to help create a better society. The Better Society Awards are unique in rewarding companies that give time and expertise freely, to companies that have made a commitment to creating clearly better practices, the awards were created to allow the UK not-for-profit sector to shine.

The winners will be determined by an independent judging panel and announced at the renowned Better Society Awards Gala and Dinner on 11 May 2017 at the prestigious location London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

Find out more: bettersociety.net/awards
Follow us on twitter @CTBetterSocietyAwards #BetterSocietyAwards

  • 15 February, 2017

WE’RE ONSITE IN STOURPORT FOR OUR LATEST SCHEME

Work has started on our new Stourport specialist supported living development.

The £3 million development in Mitton Street will consist of 15 apartments and are designed for adults with a range of learning and physical disabilities.

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Stourport Mayor Ken Henderson, Mayoress Lin Henderson and Councillor David Little, deputy chairman of Wyre Forest District Council attended a ceremony to signal the start of the work.

Councillor Henderson told visitors that a development of this type can have a real impact for people living with disabilities.

The project is a partnership between HB Villages, Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care.

Alastair Sheehan, Development and Planning Director of HB Villages, said:

“Mitton Street will provide the opportunity for local adults with disabilities to have their own home, but with the added benefit of on-site support staff.

“We’re excited to see building work start, and the whole of the HB Villages team looks forward to following its progress and meeting the tenants once completed.”

Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, added: “Lifeways is committed to providing innovative homes for adults with learning and physical disabilities.

“Mitton Street delivers on all fronts, from the overall design of the scheme through to the finishing touches in each apartment and bungalow, this development will provide the highest quality of adapted accommodation.”

And Paul Atkins, Property Director at Inclusion Housing, said: “Mitton Street is a great example of what we are able to achieve through an innovative partnership.

“Inclusion Housing continue to be proud of working alongside HB Villages, Lifeways and the local authority who have gotten the project this far.

“We look forward to welcoming new tenants in due course and will continue to work closely with the partnership to deliver high quality homes for the most vulnerable members of society.”

  • 14 February, 2017

INCLUSION HOUSING REACHES THE FINAL OF EUROPE’S LARGEST BUSINESS AWARDS

Inclusion Housing from York has been named as one of the finalists, and Ruban d’Honneur recipients, in the 2016/17 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.

It is one of only 110 finalists announced after over 33,000 businesses were engaged in the competition, and was chosen by a panel of independent judges because it displayed the core values of innovation, ethics and success.

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The company will now undertake an in depth face-to-face interview, and will find out if it is a winner of one of the 11 categories at a Gala Final on May 4 in Dubrovnik.

Inclusion Housing is a cutting edge and innovative health & social care Social Enterprise working across England in partnership with an array of funders, carers and developers to provide specialised supported housing for vulnerable and disable adults. It manages a substantial and growing national portfolio of social housing properties, and will grant residential tenancies to vulnerable people who receive daily support from specialist Support Providers.

Chief Executive, Neil Brown, is delighted that the business has been recognised; “We are making such a difference to improve the quality of life and independence of so many people across the country; reaching the final of the European Business Awards will hopefully help us do even more.”

The European Business Awards was set up to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Lead sponsor RSM, a provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market businesses globally, has supported the European Business Awards since its inception.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and grow as this year’s Ruban D’Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these. Well done to them all.”

INCLUSION HOUSING is also taking part in ‘The Public Vote’, where the public choose ‘National Public Champions’ for each country. To vote for them go to: businessawardeurope.com. The company with the most votes in each country wins and will be announced on 6 March.

For more information on the Awards, the Ruban d’Honneur winners and the public vote please visit businessawardseurope.com and follow the Awards on twitter at @rsmEBA or on Facebook @businessawardseurope

About the European Business Awards:

The European Business Awards’ primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. For all citizens of Europe, prosperity, social and healthcare systems are reliant on businesses creating an even stronger, more innovative, successful, international and ethical business community – one that forms the beating heart of an increasingly globalised economy.

The European Business Awards programme serves the European business community in three ways:

• It celebrates and endorses individuals’ and organisations’ success
• It provides and promotes examples of excellence for the business community to aspire to
• It engages with the European business community to create debate on key issues

The European Business Awards is now in its 10th year. This year it engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries. Last year’s public vote generated over 227,000 votes from across Europe. Sponsors and partners include RSM, ELITE and PR Newswire. businessawardseurope.com.

  • 26 January, 2017

CARLISLE SCHEME FOR DISABLED ADULTS LAUNCHES

Supported living for people living with a range of disabilities has significantly improved in the Carlisle area, thanks to the opening of a specialist supported housing development.

Members of Cumbria County Council and Carlisle District Council, along with local MP John Stevenson, turned out for the occasion and were able to celebrate alongside residents the official opening of Harraby Croft, which is based on Petteril Bank Road.

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Comprising of 14 specialist apartments, Harraby Croft provides residents with the opportunity to have accommodation that is suitable to their needs, along with providing a safe environment with onsite staff 24 hours a day.

The £2.2 million development is a result of an on-going partnership between property developers, HB Villages, Lifeways Community Care and Inclusion Housing CIC.

Mayor Colin Stothard officially opened the building, along with Colin Glover, Leader of Carlisle Council and Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council.

Alastair Sheehan, Development and Planning Director of HB Villages, said:

“Harraby Croft is a prime example of how specialist supported housing can make a huge difference to adults with disabilities. Having their own home, along with onsite care has meant they have been able to live more independently and integrate into their local community.

“We’re currently exploring the possibility of building more in the region and we’re proud to showcase Harraby Croft 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 disabilities. Harraby Croft 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:

“Harraby Croft 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.”

  • 9 January, 2017

BUILDING WORK STARTS IN LEAMINGTON SPA

Leading members of Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council, along with a number of other partners, celebrated the start of building work on a new specialist supported housing development being built in Leamington Spa.

The opening ceremony on 4 November 2016 was officially opened by Councillor Jose Compton, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care at Warwickshire County Council. Councillor Compton was also joined by a number of other leading council members including Councillor Bill Hunt, Deputy Chief Executive of Warwick District Council, and Councillor Jane Knight, Chairman of Warwick District Council.

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Bath Place, Leamington Spa is a £2 million development of 16 apartments which are the result of a partnership between Lifeways and Inclusion Housing.

Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, adds: “As a company, we’re committed to providing the latest in specialist supported housing for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Bath Place is a prime example of what we can offer, delivering on all fronts, from architecture that blends into the local environment through to the finishing touches inside. Tenants will be able to live as independently as possible in their own home but with the added benefit of support staff being available on site.”

For further information on availability contact the Project Manager, Claire.Batsford@Lifeways.co.uk or call 01257246444.

  • 22 December, 2016

SUPPORTED LIVING LAUNCH IN WARRINGTON

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.”

  • 9 December, 2016

BURNHAM COURT, BURNLEY – OFFICIAL OPENING

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.”

For further information on availability contact the Scheme Manager, ella.O’neill@lifeways.co.uk or call 01257 246444.

  • 5 December, 2016

NEW SUPPORTED FLATS FOR YOUNGSTERS UNDERWAY IN BLACKBURN

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.”

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Ainsworth Projects, Apple Street, Blackburn

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.

  • 10 November, 2016

WORK STARTS ON BUXTON SPECIALIST SUPPORTED HOUSING SCHEME

We’re delighted to have started work on our latest scheme in Buxton, Derbyshire that will see vulnerable people living as independently as possible.

Dale Valley View, on Dale Road, is a £3 million private development consisting of 15 specialist apartments. The homes, which will be of high quality, have been commissioned and adapted for adults with learning and physical disabilities, who will also benefit from support staff on site.

The Mayor of High Peak, Coun George Wharmby, was on hand to open the official groundbreaking ceremony, alongside the MP for Buxton, Andrew Bingham, and other councillors.

WORK STARTS ON BUXTON SPECIALIST SUPPORTED HOUSING SCHEME

The apartments are the result of a partnership between Inclusion Housing, a community interest company, and the Lifeways Community Care organisation. They are being delivered by us at HB Villages, a leading developer of supported housing, and built by contractors, Carey Group.

Alastair Sheehan, of HB Villages, said:
“This is the first development of its kind in the High Peak area and will provide a safe environment for vulnerable adults to call home. We look forward to meeting the tenants once it is completed.”

  • 10 November, 2016

SHIREMOOR TOPS OUT!

Alan Campbell MP celebrated the progress made on our landmark property development which will enable vulnerable adults to live more independently in the local community.

The HB Villages housing scheme in Shiremoor is due to open in early 2017 and comprises of sixteen purpose-built apartments for adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, known as Bluebell Court.

The scheme, on Earsdon Road in Shiremoor, will ensure that the adults housed there will have a safe living environment.

Bluebell Court was designed in partnership with Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care, in partnership with the city council’s commissioning team and the contractor Wood Group.

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Alan Campbell MP, was presented with a commemorative builder’s trowel and celebratory cake at a special ‘topping out’ ceremony. He said:
“I’m thrilled to celebrate the progress made on this development. It is important that the most vulnerable people in our society can live independently with dignity in a modern and safe environment. I am delighted that North Tyneside now offers these facilities in Shiremoor and I’m impressed with the approach taken by everyone involved in the project.”

Alastair Sheehan, development director of HB Villages, said:
“Bluebell Court will help tackle the issue of isolation faced by vulnerable adults in North Tyneside and the surrounding area. It is the first step in delivering positive outcomes for those who deserve the opportunity to live their lives in the manner and dignity that they and all of us deserve.

“It will give tenants the choice to live where they want to, while providing essential care support and technology blended in the background. It’s fantastic to have completed the development and I look forward to returning and meeting the people who will proudly call it their home.”

Mark Dyson, head of new build development at Lifeways said:
“Lifeways is pleased to be part of such an exciting and innovative development, adding to the landscape of services available in North Tyneside.

“From the overall building design to the design and layout of each individual home, we’ve been able to provide high quality and adapted accommodation to ensure tenants are able to live active and independent lives within the local community.”

Neil Brown CEO of Inclusion Housing said:
“This development is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through innovative partnership working between statutory, not for profit and private sectors. Inclusion Housing is proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit is yet to come; welcoming the tenants into their new homes.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Lifeways and North Tyneside Council in ensuring this development provides a fantastic home for the most vulnerable people in the region for years to come.”

HB Villages was formed in May 2012 in order to deliver a pipeline of new build specialist supported housing accommodation throughout the UK. Working in partnership with local commissioners, HB Villages along with project partners Inclusion Housing CIC and care provider Lifeways have developed a unique model of specialist supported housing that demonstrates an innovative and commercial approach, which can be replicated nationally without the need for housing subsidy.

  • 10 November, 2016

BUILDING STARTS AT LEAMINGTON SPA

Leading members of Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council, along with a number of other partners, celebrated the start of building work on a new specialist supported housing development being built in Leamington Spa.

Commissioned for adults with learning and physical disabilities to provide a safe home environment, Bath Place is a £2 million development of 16 apartments which are the result of a partnership between Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care. HB Villages is responsible for the build and delivery of the property, in partnership with contractor, McGoff and Byrne.

Councillor Jose Compton, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care at Warwickshire County Council, officially opened the ceremony on Friday (4th November) with a passionate speech about what the development will mean for the local population. Councillor Compton was also joined by a number of other leading council members including Councillor Bill Hunt, Deputy Chief Exec of Warwick District Council and Councillor Jane Knight, Chairman of Warwick District Council.

Alastair Sheehan, Development Director of HB Villages, commented:
“Both Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council have been fully supportive of the development, having understood from the start what it will mean to local individuals with learning and physical disabilities.  We are extremely grateful for their collaborative support and approach to the delivery of a complicated site, not without its political challenges.

“Bath Place will be one of the first developments in the County to provide homes which will allow vulnerable individuals the ability to live as independently as possible, not only in terms of the 24-hour support on a site located in a highly sustainable location, but one that will also have a comprehensive and bespoke assistive technology offering. It is with the greatest pleasure that we are able to see building work start, and we all look forward to following its progress and to meeting the tenants and their families once the build is completed.”

Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, adds:
“As a company, we’re committed to providing the latest in specialist supported housing for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Bath Place is a prime example of what we can offer, delivering on all fronts, from architecture that blends into the local environment through to the finishing touches inside. Tenants will be able to live as independently as possible in their own home but with the added benefit of support staff being available on site.”

Paul Atkins, Property Director at Inclusion Housing, says:
“The development at Leamington Spa is another example of what can be delivered through innovative partnership working. Inclusion Housing is 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 welcoming new tenants in due course and will continue to work closely with the partnership to deliver high-quality homes for the most vulnerable members of society.”

  • 28 October, 2016

New website launched

We’re really excited to reveal our new website. We’ve worked with a variety of experts to ensure that the site is user-friendly, easy to navigate, read and understand.

We’ve written the website in a way that our multiple audiences will clearly understand. We’ve used images of real people and real properties so that our visitors can be sure that we’re delivering on our promise to be authentic, transparent and open with our business.

We hope you like it. If you’ve got any suggestions or input please don’t hesitate to speak to us.

  • 21 October, 2016

Small Business of the Year: Inclusion Housing

Inclusion Housing has been awarded Best Small Business at the Inaugural British Small Business Awards 2016, held in London.

Inclusion Housing stood out to the judges with highly impressive turnover figures and growth combined with strong sector knowledge, innovation and an unwavering support for society’s most vulnerable people.

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Neil Brown, Chief Executive of Inclusion Housing was surprised and delighted with the award. ‘I am immensely proud of the difference we make, the services we provide and the strong partnerships that we forge. Most of all we have a talented, motivated and positive team here at Inclusion focussed on delivering excellence; I am so pleased that their success has been recognised.

Niki Baker, CEO of SmallBusiness.co.uk parent company Vitesse Media says, ‘Against a challenging economic and political backdrop, all of the winners and those shortlisted for awards have demonstrated tenacity, innovation and a commitment to driving growth. Small businesses form the backbone of the UK economy, and these awards provide an excellent platform to showcase the very best of them.’

Dave Stallon, commercial director of the Federation of Small Businesses and judge at the awards adds that small and growing businesses in Britain face an increasing number of challenges so it’s important to recognise those that have really excelled.

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‘I have been hugely impressed by the standard of entries this year – the businesses and inspiring people that run them should be very proud of how they have performed and I wish them every success in the future.’

The British Small Business Awards, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses, celebrates the nation’s leading sole traders, micro-businesses and small companies – as well as the service providers and advisers that help them start, run, grow and succeed.

  • 19 October, 2016

We are the champions!

We’re excited and delighted to have been named as a National Champion for the United Kingdom in The European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM; Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community.

The Awards, now in its 10th year, is supported by business leaders, academics and political representatives from across Europe, and this year engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries.

Inclusion Housing has been chosen after the first phase of judging by an independent panel.

We were evaluated on the core EBA values of innovation, ethics and success and we’ll now progress to the second stage of the competition, which includes a video and a public vote.

The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are proud to be recognised at this level.

In the words of Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards:
“Congratulations to Inclusion Housing who have been selected to represent their country as National Champions. They are central to the success of Europe’s strong business community, and have shown the core principles we look for of innovation, ethics and success.”

The next round requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success.

The Awards’ independent judges will award the best of this group the ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status and the selected companies will then go on to the Gala Final in 2017.

Separately, in a two stage public vote, the videos will be hosted on the European Business Awards website, and the company who receives the most votes in their country will become the ‘National Public Champion’.

Last year over 227,000 votes were cast as companies were supported globally by their clients, staff and peers, as well as the general public.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress through the competition.

  • 9 October, 2016

Local community leaders celebrate groundbreaking in Buxton

Building work has started on a new specialist supported housing development in Buxton, which has been commissioned for adults with learning and physical disabilities to provide homes which allow them to live as independently as possible.

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Dale Valley View, on Dale Road, is a £2.3million development consisting of 15 apartments which are the result of a partnership between Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care. HB Villages is responsible for the delivery of the development in partnership with contractor, Casey Group.

Mayor George Wharmby officially opened the ceremony on Wednesday (5th October), with an insightful speech into the positive impact the development will have on the local population. The Mayor was also joined by the MP for Buxton, Andrew Bingham, as well as other local and county council members and partners of the scheme.

Alastair Sheehan, Development Director of HB Villages, commented:
“Dale Valley View is the first development of its kind in the area and will provide a safe environment for vulnerable adults to call home. It is fantastic to see building work start, and the whole of the HB Villages team looks forward to following its progress and meeting the tenants once completed.”

Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, adds:
“Lifeways is committed to providing innovative homes for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Dale Valley View delivers on all fronts, from the overall design of the scheme through to the finishing touches in each apartment, and will provide the highest quality of adapted accommodation. Tenants will be able to live independently as possible in their own home but with the added support of carers being on site should they require extra support.”

Paul Atkins from Inclusion Housing, says:
“Dale Valley View is another fine example of specialist supported housing that works for the individuals who require extra support to be able to live independently. Inclusion Housing is proud to be part of the scheme, and we’re looking forward to working with Lifeways and the local authorities to make this development into a resounding success.”

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  • 9 October, 2016

Inclusion Housing supports breakthrough property scheme for North Tyneside

Alan Campbell MP was presented with a commemorative builder’s trowel at the Topping Out ceremony of a landmark development for supported housing in North Tyneside.

The housing scheme in Shiremoor comprises of sixteen purpose-built apartments for adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, known as Bluebell Court.

The scheme, developed by specialist supported housing developer HB Villages on Earsdon Road in Shiremoor will ensure that the adults housed there will have a safe living environment. They provide on-site support and fully adaptive technology available to all residents so they are able to live independently in the community.

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Bluebell Court was designed in partnership with Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care, in partnership with the city council’s commissioning team and the contractor Wood Group.

Alan Campbell MP said:
“I am thrilled to celebrate the completion of such a vital development. It is important that the most vulnerable people in our society can live independently and freely in a modern and safe environment. I am delighted that North Tyneside now offers these facilities.”

Mark Dyson, head of new build development at Lifeways said:
“Lifeways is pleased to be part of such an exciting and innovative development, adding to the landscape of services available in North Tyneside.

From the overall building design to the design and layout of each individual home, we’ve been able to provide high quality and adapted accommodation to ensure tenants are able to live active and independent lives within the local community.”

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Neil Brown, CEO of Inclusion Housing said:
“This development is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through innovative partnership working between statutory, not for profit and private sectors. Inclusion Housing is proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit is yet to come; welcoming the tenants into their new homes.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Lifeways and North Tyneside Council in ensuring this development provides a fantastic home for the most vulnerable people in the region for years to come.”

Alastair Sheehan, development director of HB Villages said:
“Bluebell Court will help tackle the issue of isolation faced by vulnerable adults in North Tyneside and the surrounding area. It is the first step in delivering positive outcomes for those who deserve the opportunity to live their lives in the manner and dignity that they and all of us deserve.

“It will give tenants the choice to live where they want to, while providing essential care support and technology blended in the background. It’s fantastic to have completed the development and I look forward to returning and meeting the people who will proudly call it their home.”

  • 3 October, 2016

Welcome to our new starters

Two new people recently joined our team and we’re delighted to welcome them both to this next stage on our development as a business.

 Richard Atkinson has joined us as Property Manager for the North of England and Lucy Bowers is now our Managing Agent at Strand Court in Grimsby. We’re delighted to have both on board and we’re excited about their contribution to our business.

  • 25 September, 2016

On target for more growth

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.

Performance

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.

  • 1 August, 2016

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