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10 - Mayor officially opens new housing scheme

Murray Grey Mews
The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Dave Tyler opens Murray Grey Mews

The Mayor of Dudley has today (October 10) officially opened a new supported housing scheme on World Mental Health Day.

The new Dudley Council scheme, officially unveiled as Murray Grey Mews, is a dedicated supported housing scheme 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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Notes to editors

  • The scheme has been built by developers, Jessup, as part of its construction framework agreement with the council
  • This project is part of the council’s commitment in 2014 to invest £40million to build more than 350 new council homes on sites across the borough that have been identified as prime for development
  • The scheme has been built on a former garage site, just of Lea Bank Road in Netherton
  • Trident Reach is a care and support charity that offers services to more than 2,000 people within the Midlands. These services include supporting people within registered care, domiciliary care, people with learning difficulties, those with mental health issues, young people at risk, older people, BME groups, people at risk of being homeless and those fleeing domestic abuse

 

News Release Contact Information

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