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.”