ECHO Supported Living Services to develop new homes

Sharena Record

Plans are under way to develop the site of a former pub into nine apartments that will be used to support people with learning disabilities and other associated needs to live independently.

Future residents will receive support from ECHO Supported Living Services (part of the ECHO Group) to help with daily living activities including accessing the community, shopping, and help with cooking. Homes will be managed by Inclusion Housing, a health and social care landlord.

Homes will offer housing and support options to residents, while allowing them to remain near to their families, living independently and developing skills.

ECHO specialises in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and other complex needs to live as independently as possible and to enable them to play an active part in the community.

‘This latest development by ECHO in the Midlands, working with our partners SEP Properties and Inclusion Housing, will provide a much-needed facility in the heart of the community that will allow people, who need the care and support we provide, to stay in their local area,’ said Sharena Record, ECHO’s operations director.

‘We have the full support of local commissioners to create a service that will support the personalised needs of residents to enable them to lead independent, fulfilling lives becoming an active part of their community.’

Pal Singh, SEP Properties managing director, added: ‘We have owned this former pub site for several years, and are thrilled that it is now being developed into high-quality and spacious homes for people who deserve to have a safe and comfortable place of their own. It is important that we help to support vulnerable members of our community and enable them to live as independently as possible. We are very pleased to be working with ECHO, who put their service users at the centre of everything they do.’

The development is expected to open in May.