Residents are looking forward to a “fresh start” following the opening of a brand new supported housing scheme in Wolverhampton.
The former Wood Hayes Pub site, in Wood End Road, Wednesfield, has been transformed by Bromford following a £952,000 investment in the local area. The pub closed in 2005 and stood derelict for more than three years before it was pulled down following an arson attack in 2008.
Wood Hayes Place is Bromford’s latest MyPlace development consisting of 14 self-contained one bedroom apartments offering adults living with mental health conditions the opportunity to live in their own home independently. It also features a communal hub, kitchen area, site office, car parking and landscaped gardens.
At the start of the month representatives from Creative Support, who will deliver the on-site support contract, and Wolverhampton City Council attended an official opening at Wood Hayes Place. Twelve residents have already signed up to the new two-storey facility with the remaining two properties expected to be allocated shortly.
Christopher Bennett, 35, was one of the first people to sign up. The former carpenter said: “I’ll be moving in next week and I’m really excited about it. For me it’s a fresh start and a real new beginning.”
MyPlace manager Catherine Ashley said: “This is our third scheme for adults with an enduring mental health condition and with lots of shops, a bus route, community centre and post office nearby, we feel sure the new residents will quickly become part of the local community.
“Bromford want to provide the right home for every customer and MyPlace offers people the opportunity to live in a safe and secure environment where they can take control of their own life, reduce their dependency and ultimately live more independently. The feedback from customers has been really positive so far.”
Creative Support service director, David Finan, added: “We are very proud to be working in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and Bromford in providing what is a much needed service to the people of Wolverhampton.”