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Won contracts help people live safely in their homes

Leading local social business, Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) has won two new local authority contracts, valued at up to £3.2 million across four years.
BCHG has been awarded two contracts from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to carry out minor and major adaptations to properties across the borough. These contracts will see BCHG carry out essential home adaptations and renovations helping over 28,000 people across Sandwell to live more safely and independently in their homes.
The two, four-year contracts have allowed BCHG, which currently employs over 200 people, to transfer seven members of staff from the existing contracts to its team as well as to create a number of new jobs for local people.
The organisation will work in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council on both contracts over the coming four years to assist elderly and infirm people by carrying out small-scale home renovations. 
By making minor adaptations such as the installation of stair rails and ramps, BCHG helps at risk individuals remain in their homes and live independently. Critically, the organisation’s work also enables many people to return to their homes far more quickly following a stay in hospital as any adaptations or improvements can be made swiftly by its expert Homeforce team. 
The organisation’s major adaptations contract will also see it deliver larger scale, bespoke adaptations such as bathroom to wetroom conversions and house extensions.
Amanda Tomlinson, chief executive of BCHG said of the contract wins: “We have a longstanding track record of delivering a local, trustworthy service to make those small, but often necessary home repairs that make all the difference to people’s safety, comfort and well-being at home.  We look forward to working closely with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver this vitally important work.”
BCHG 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.

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