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A ribbon cutting ceremony has marked the official opening of Millward Place – our very first MyPlace scheme designed to provide a safe and secure long-term home for people living with a disability.

Built by our in-house construction team, the 14 self-contained one-bedroom apartments in Kings Norton, Birmingham, have been specifically adapted for adults experiencing sight loss and sensory impairments. Working with onsite care provider Focus Birmingham, the development will enable customers to take control of their lives by living independently.

The opening celebration, on Tuesday (23rd February), saw the scheme opened up to members of the community as residents, their relatives and key partners involved in the project gave speeches ahead of the ribbon being cut.

Customers started moving into Millward Place in September 2015 and the site is in the heart of its community, with a parade of shops and other local amenities on the opposite side of the road. In each apartment is a wet room and there is also a community hub with a lounge, meeting room and kitchen on site providing a social area for customers and their friends and family to enjoy.

The community hub can also be used for training, employment advice and various activities for both customers and the wider community. Access to these activities will help people living at the scheme identify and achieve their aspirations, build new relationships and reduce ongoing dependency on other services.

'Wonderful journey'

Louise Price, part of Bromford’s new business team, said: “It’s been a wonderful journey from finding the land, demolishing the old ambulance station, seeing the building rise from the ground to seeing the customers enjoying their new surroundings and sensing their happiness. “This particular scheme is for residents who have a visual or sensory impairment and it was wonderful seeing one of the young ladies showing her friend around her new home, guiding her using the aids and adaptations that we have made to the building. The official opening was brilliantly attended by friends, relatives, board members and trustees from Focus and local councillor Mike Leddy.”
New business manager Josie Bishton said: “This MyPlace scheme is the first of its kind to be built by Bromford. It’s given us the opportunity to work in partnership with Focus to help move people out of a residential care setting into independent living, providing safe, secure and affordable housing for vulnerable people with long-term support needs. “The open day was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the partnership with Focus and welcome the residents and wider community to the scheme.”

Read this MyPlace brochure for more information. Check out all our photos from the launch here.