More than 300 older people will soon be moving into a £39 million retirement village, thanks to a forward looking partnership between Birmingham City Council, the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Bournville Village Trust and The Homes and Communities Agency.
Bournville Gardens Village is the fourth village to be completed as part of a five-village strategy between Birmingham City Council and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust.
Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Cllr John Cotton, said: “Our partnership with ExtraCare means that 300 older people in Bournville, and 1,500 people across the city, will benefit from affordable, quality housing. The state-of-the-art facilities here will help residents to enjoy independence, increased activity and a high quality of life in a welcoming community. I hope visitors will come to the open day on Saturday 31 October and see for themselves the remarkable facilities on offer here.”
Mark Curran, acting chief executive, ExtraCare Charitable Trust, said: “We admire our new residents for the partnership they have shown in forming a vibrant new community at Bournville Gardens. The village represents a celebration of independence and opportunity and offers people a shared sense of community. For those wishing to downsize, knowing there is a support if they need it, a comfortable and affordable apartment at Bournville Gardens is an inspired move.
“As a result of demand for apartments at our three of our existing Birmingham villages in New Oscott, Newtown and Edgbaston, at least 457 homes have been released back into the community for family housing.”
Bournville Gardens’ 212 homes are affordable with 168 apartments available for shared ownership or purchase and 44 rental apartments to be managed by Bournville Village Trust. ExtraCare staff will provide care for up to a third of residents within the village. There are also 18 community facilities including a café bar, hairdressing and beauty salon, fitness suite, greenhouse, library and IT suite.
For a third of Bournville Gardens residents receiving help with their care, including dementia, the village offers an integrated, holistic approach to housing, care and support. Care will be linked to varied social opportunities to support a healthier, active and more independent lifestyle.
Facilities at Bournville Gardens are also open to hundreds of people in the community through the affordable village friends scheme and volunteering.
Visitors are invited to go along to Bournville Gardens Village open day on Saturday October 31 from 10.30am to 4pm. The fun incudes free refreshments and entertainment, and activities for children.
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