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This week sees the final phase of work begin on creating a new independent way of life for a group of Sandwell people with learning disabilities. The supported living development in West Bromwich is the result of months of planning, consultation and hard work by a dedicated multi-agency group led by Sandwell Council.

Professionals from social care, NHS and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces on the project with experts from the design and construction industry.

The scheme is owned and managed by Bromford Support and initially will be home to 11 people, aged between 23 and 70 plus. Residents have a range of needs and the development will support them in living independently.

John Wade, Managing Director of Bromford Support, said the scheme would transform the lives of its residents. He said: "This fantastic development, that was turned around in such a short timeframe, will provide a comfortable and supportive home that will enable the people who live there to thrive and live as independently as possible. "This is an incredibly proud day for Bromford."

Cllr Cooper, Leader of Sandwell Council added: "This project has been hailed by all partners, in particular the Strategic Health Authority and the former regional Valuing People Team as a model of best practice - and with very good reason."It is an excellent example of collaboration in a good cause, with different disciplines and agencies from both the public and private sectors working so successfully together.

"It shows how we can bring together our expertise and experience with fantastic results and I sincerely congratulate all involved - including the residents who have played a key part throughout."

Mansell Construction, Bromford and Sanctuary housing associations, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Affinity Trust were key partners in the development. Mansell's Divisional Manager of Partnership Housing, Simon Liversage said: "We are delighted to be involved in the construction of such an important development and during the course of the project we have also been fortunate to have the opportunity to support the borough's economy through local apprenticeship training and SME supply chain engagement."

Karen Dowman, chief executive of the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said she was delighted the homes were finished and ready for people to move into. She said: "It's the final step in a long journey for residents and for the staff supporting them during the transition from their NHS residences. A large number of people have worked hard to make this project happen and we are confident that the housing will support residents to live full and independent lives. We wish the residents every happiness in their new homes and every success to the new service providers in continuing to support them."

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