Local social business BCHG celebrates 2000th home
2014 is a bumper year for leading social business, Black Country Housing Group (BCHG). Not only is BCHG celebrating its 40th anniversary, but 3 July saw the organisation launch its 2000th property.
Four residents and their parents met with the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Margaret Aston and her consort Councillor Adam Aston as they joined BCHG chair Peter Bilson to officially launch the property which is part of a four bungalow supported living complex in Brierley Hill.
The four properties at the site are home to adults with learning disabilities and have been specially designed to cater to their individual needs. The properties have been adapted to support them to lead as independent a life as possible.
BCHG worked with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council to identify suitable individuals who wanted a home of their own and who would benefit from supported living. .
The Mayor was on hand to meet residents and join them in the burying of a time capsule. The contents of the capsule will give a snapshot of life in 2014 and included a tenancy agreement, the day’s Express and Star, coins and a group photo of the residents together with a small item chosen by each of them ranging from a teddy bear to loom bands.
The launch of the 2000th property comes as BCHG celebrates 40 years and the anniversary is being marked by a number of events throughout the year which include a commitment by BCHG’s 200 members of staff to complete 400 hours of voluntary work within the local community.
Peter Bilson, chair of BCHG said:
“I would like to thank the Mayor for attending the launch as well as helping the residents to bury the time capsule.
“Our 2000th home is a significant achievement and even more special given that it is happening as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.
“Over our lifetime we have prided ourselves on being an organisation that both supports and creates social value for the communities that we serve and as we celebrate this milestone we will continue to work hard for the people and communities throughout the Black Country and Birmingham.”
The organisation, founded in 1974, employs over 200 staff and provides quality, affordable housing, employment advice and personalised care and support services throughout the Black Country and Birmingham.
BCHG (Black Country Housing Group) is a social business investing in people and communities, with housing at its heart, working in Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham.
The Group specialises in urban renewal, economic and social regeneration, through building new affordable homes, providing care and health services to communities and supporting social enterprise and financial inclusion.
It is landlord to tenants in more than 2000 homes and has over 40 years experience in providing quality homes and support services for families, couples, single people, older people and those with special needs.