Caring and sharing: Select Lifestyles brings supported living and jobs #madeinsandwell

Oldbury-based Select Lifestyles Limited, a care agency for adults with learning disabilities, is this week’s #madeinsandwell Monday star. The company has just opened phase one of its new £1.5m supported living scheme in West Bromwich, bringing 15 initial full-time care sector jobs and two building trade jobs to Sandwell.

Exterior_Select LifestylesSelect Lifestyles secured planning permission to convert The Crest on All Saints Way into seven self-contained flats for adults who have learning disabilities.

Phases two and three of the development will see the construction of a six-bed shared house and three self-contained flats – creating a further 25 jobs. Phase two is expected to be completed by the spring of 2018.

Select Lifestyles, which has its head office on Popes Lane in Oldbury, operates residential, supported living and day services for adults with learning disabilities across the West Midlands. Part of its mission is to ensure all people in its care “feel valued and included within society”, supporting each individual to access “the support services they may need to achieve their true potential”.

Formed in 2007, Select Lifestyles now employs over 200 staff from 12 sites across Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Solihull and Sandwell. The organisation is making new ventures into community-based domiciliary care, as well as offering mandatory training courses to the public.

Opening soon_Select LifestylesLes Trumpeter, director at Select Lifestyles said: “This is our first venture into West Bromwich and the Sandwell area after successfully operating elsewhere in the West Midlands since 2007.

“We are delighted to have completed phase one by bringing another derelict building back into full use. We believe this high-specification building and its residents will have so much to offer the local community, with the project will eventually bringing a total of 50 new jobs to the area”.

Interior_Select LifestyleSteve Lear, Sales & Marketing Managing, praised Sandwell’s “Excellent central England location with good highway links and local public transport” and said “Friendly business rates and efficient departments within the counci” had been important to Select Lifestyles’ success.

Earlier this autumn, Select Lifestyles celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a charity ball, raising over £13,000 for Cancer Research UK. This year the operations team was shortlisted for a Frontline Leaders award at the West Midlands arm of the Great British Care Awards.

Congratulations and keep up the excellent work in Sandwell!

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