Home celebrates £1.6m care and support scheme in Middlesbrough
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Home Group held a community fun day to celebrate the opening of its £1.6 million development of 25 homes to provide care and support to vulnerable people in Middlesbrough.
The scheme is staffed 24/7 and helps people with conditions ranging from Autism and Aspergers to those with complex learning or physical disabilities including visual impairment and neurological disorders.
The complex was opened by Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, and Rachael Byrne, Home Group’s executive director of care and support.
"This scheme has had a marvellous impact on the lives of each resident but it has also helped to improve the wider neighbourhood by bringing back into use an area of land which had been abandoned,” Byrne said.
The fun day gave residents of the Amersham Road complex a chance to get to know their neighbours. Clowns and balloon modellers were on hand to entertain as well as give a crash course in circus skills.
The development has seen 25 self-contained one, two, three and four bedroom properties built on the site of the former St Pius Roman Catholic Church in the Park End area of the town.
Blenkinsop said: "I'm very proud to have been given the opportunity to open this new complex. I know the area well as my mam used to work at the nearby school and it’s very pleasing to see what was an empty piece of land turned into a community asset. I am certain it will play a valuable role in the future of the local community as well as a positive impact on those individuals it will be directly helping."
The development was partly funded by a £633,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency. Home Group appointed construction company Strategic Team Group to build the homes on its behalf.
The photo shows Blenkinsop officially opening the complex, cheered on by resident Pippa Hills.