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Housing association rehouse residents with learning disabilities

14 residents have been rehomed following Trident Group's bid to provide supported provision for adults living with learning disabilities.
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The £2.1mn development in central Yardley was the first grant funded development for Trident Group since 2018. The 14 2-bedroom scheme was built by Reirse Ryan Ltd on their old builders’ yard.

Last year Trident Group was appointed as one of the Learning Disability Supported Accommodation service provider for Birmingham City Council. Trident Group are the largest service provider supporting people with learning disabilities and/ or neurodevelopmental disorders aged 18 and over in the north and south of Birmingham.  As Trident have expanded from providing care for 30 people to 100 people, this meant that expansion was on the horizon.

This is a significant increase following the success of the previous contract and will mean that we can continue to be a Beacon of Hope to many in the Birmingham community.

The service provides accommodation with support to build resilience, improve wellbeing, and move towards independence. This is with the aim that customers will be supported to live independently within 2 years by improving life skills, increasing engagement with their community and loved ones, as well as through training or employment opportunities. The development was completed in July, with residents gradually moving in over July and August.

David Harris, Group Finance Director, said “This is an amazing development transformed from an old builder’s yard, offering opportunity for the residents to be supported in living independently in a brand-new home. The properties are built to good specifications, featuring all new air source heat pump technology which moves away from gas heating to more renewable sources.”

As they have now had a chance to all move and settle in, we held an opening ceremony to ‘cut the ribbon’ on the properties and to celebrate the residents moving in. Councillor and Cabinet Lead for Health and Social Care, Mariam Khan, officially opened the site. To help with resident engagement and to help foster community spirit, the event also included a garden party with games for the residents to interact and socialise.

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