Mayor opens new housing scheme for people with mental health needs

The Mayor of Dudley, Dave Tyler, has officially opened a new housing scheme in Netherton for people with mental health needs.

It’s designed to provide dedicated 24/7 support by trained professionals for people who need help to lead an independent life and integrate into the local community.

The scheme is made up of eight one bedroom apartments and two four bedroom houses, which will provide shared accommodation.  A team of staff from Trident Reach, part of Trident Group, will provide the care and support, after being commissioned by the council to run services within the scheme.

At the end of a two year rehabilitation programme, the ambition is for individuals to be confident enough to move on and live in their own home and explore employment opportunities. Councillor Peter Miller, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:

“This is the first scheme of its kind that we have built in Dudley, which is dedicated to solely supporting people with mental health issues. 

“There’s been a lot of coverage in national media in recent months about how important it is to encourage people to talk about mental health and challenge any stigma that exists in our communities.

“This is why this scheme is really important.  It will give its residents the opportunity to live alongside people in the local community but with the support they need to build their confidence and prepare them for living an independent life."

David Jones, Trident Group’s Director of Housing and Social Care, said:

“We are pleased to be part of a forward-thinking approach that not only provides high quality accommodation but also individually-tailored support to maximise opportunities for growth and development for those at Murray Grey Mews.

“The launch of this service begins an open conversation with people in the Black Country to encourage everyone to think, talk and act more when it comes to mental wellbeing. Our joint working approach demonstrates an excellent partnership between Dudley Council and Trident Reach and I am looking forward to further opportunities to work closer.”

Councillor Dave Tyler, Mayor of Dudley, said:

“It was a real honour to be visit Murray Grey Mews today and meet the residents and staff. Supporting people with mental issues is something I care deeply about, so it’s fantastic that this facility now exists to support local people.”

The new scheme has cost in the region of £1.4million and is the latest to complete as part of the council’s programme to build more affordable homes across Dudley borough

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