It’s a #bostinLIFE for Black Country Housing Group

Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Active & Supportive Communities, Home Page | 0 comments

Last month organisations from across the Black Country and Birmingham came together to celebrate the International Day for People with Disabilities and raise awareness of the challenges facing those with learning disabilities in the local community.

Early last month, leading local social business Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) held an event at the Savoy Centre, Dudley called #bostinLIFE which aimed to highlight the positive contributions that people with learning disabilities make to society.

The event saw carers, residents, stakeholders and members of the public come together from across the Black Country and Birmingham to challenge many of the public’s preconceptions about people with learning disabilities.

BCHG invited Jayne Leeson, the Chief Executive of Changing Our Lives, a Sandwell-based disability rights organisation to speak at the event about the positive contribution people with disabilities make to society.

Leading Players – a group entirely run by individuals with learning disabilities – also joined #bostinLIFE, performing their play ‘A Perfect Day’ which explored how everyone has the same idea of a perfect day, regardless of any learning disability.

BCHG rounded off the event by leading a discussion on how community based support and supported living schemes can dramatically improve people’s dignity and wellbeing by supporting their independence and life choices. As part of this, the organisation invited everyone at #bostinLIFE to write a pledge to support people with learning disabilities in the community and place it on a pledge wall.

Anna Gillespie, head of health and care at BCHG said:

“At BCHG we take pride in the level of support that we offer to all members of our local communities. Helping people with learning disabilities to live fulfilling lives is central to this ethos.

“#bostinLIFE was great fun for all concerned but was about more than just having a good time; it was about raising awareness and celebrating the people with learning disabilities in our community.”

BCHG provides personalised care and support services across the Black Country and Birmingham. They provide supported living services, which includes four specially adapted homes designed to help individuals with learning disabilities to lead as independent lives as possible.


For further information please contact:

Robyn Webster at Camargue on 0121 616 5920 or

Notes to editors

BCHG (Black Country Housing Group) is a social business, providing homes and other services for local people in Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham.


The social investment is a key priority for BCHG, through building new affordable homes, providing care and health services to communities and supporting social enterprise and financial inclusion.


Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, BCHG now provides over 2000 homes for families, older people and younger people and those with a learning disability, and supports over 13,000 customers with employment advice, care and support, and home improvements.


The Group has established an innovative environmental consultancy service which advises on sustainability issues for landlords, house builders and public sector organisations.


BCHG is a member of PlaceShapers, a national network of more than 100 community-focused housing associations. Placeshapers own and manage more than 725,000 homes and provide services to more than two million people. Find out more at





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