Catherine opens new specialist supported housing development

Specialist supported living for adults with mental health needs has significantly improved in Newcastle, thanks to the opening of Brunswick Gardens, a new development of specialist supported accommodation for adults with on-going mental health issues.

Key members of Newcastle City Council, along with local MP, Catherine McKinnell, turned out for the occasion, and were able to celebrate alongside the new residents and care staff, at the official opening of Brunswick Gardens, Darrell Street.

Comprising of 16 specialist apartments, the development provides tenants with their own personal accommodation to meet their individual preferences, needs and requirements; with care staff available onsite 24/7 to provide support and ensure their safety.

The £2.27million development is the result of an on-going partnership between Specialist Supported Living developers, HBV, Lifeways Community Care and Inclusion Housing CIC.

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, who officially opened the building, said:

‘It’s important that we make sure that some of the most vulnerable members of our community are properly cared for in Newcastle. This new development is a really good example of what can be achieved in partnership, to provide high quality supported accommodation for vulnerable adults.

‘This HB Villages scheme goes a long way in providing a safe and comfortable environment for people with mental health needs. It is important that people are given the opportunity, with developments like this, to live as independently as possible.’

Alastair Sheehan, Development and Planning Director of HBV, said:

‘Brunswick Gardens is a prime example of how specialist supported housing can make a huge difference to adults with mental health challenges. Having their own home, along with onsite care means the tenants are able to live more independently and integrate into their local community.

‘We are currently exploring the possibility of building more in the region and we’re proud to showcase this development as fine example of the positive outcomes that can be achieved for vulnerable people with the right kind of housing and support services.’

Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, adds:

‘Lifeways is committed to providing innovative homes for adults with a range of needs including those who suffer from mental health issues. Brunswick Gardens delivers a safe environment with onsite care staff, while also providing a home to call their own. Tenants will be able to live as independently as possible while receiving the right support.’

Sarah Waters, Business Director at Inclusion Housing, said:

‘Brunswick Gardens is a prime example of what can be delivered through innovative partnerships that put the service users at the heart of everything we do. Inclusion Housing are proud to be a part of the strong working partnership with HB Villages, Lifeways and the Local Authority that has brought the project to this point. We look forward to seeing how our tenants develop with improvements in their health and wellbeing and will continue to deliver high quality homes for the most vulnerable members of society.’