Bella came to the Village six months ago and working with
Village gym instructor Rachael Smith is taking her first steps
again. Bella says: "I came to the Village six months ago in a
wheelchair from hospital and I was unable to use my legs. Now I am
in the gym four times a week and, with the help of Rachael, walking
again. You don't expect to get a new life at my age - but in this
place I have." Bella is one of 330 residents now living in a busy
community which has 49 resident-led weekly activity groups, a
185-member fitness gym and a thriving volunteer programme where
residents and visitors representing all age groups help run the
Village's health and leisure facilities.
The Village's award-winning Well-being Service which, to date,
has reported a 15.2% overall improvement in residents' health
scores, when measured against typical criteria including sleep,
fitness, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and spiritual
A partnership between Birmingham City Council, The ExtraCare
Charitable Trust, Midland Heart, the Homes & Communities Agency
and The Department of Health, New Oscott is already over-subscribed
with 152 people on the waiting list to rent affordable homes, and a
further 72 reservations from householders waiting to purchase
properties within the fully-occupied Village.
Elaine Elkington, Strategic Director, Housing and Constituencies,
Birmingham City Council, commented: "I am delighted to be here
today to share this happy celebration with New Oscott staff and
residents. A year on, the Village still looks fabulous and it is a
tribute to the energy and enthusiam of the residents and staff who
live and work here."
Tom Murtha, Chief Executive of Midland Heart, said: "Today
epitomises all that is good about this Village and the partnership
that has ensured its success. It has been a real pleasure to see
residents and staff united and so positive about their
Nick Abbey, Chief Executive of the ExtraCare Charitable Trust,
said: "The residents have taken ownership of this Village and are
driving its success forward, in partnership with a dedicated staff
team. I would like to thank them for all they have done to support
this Village's success so wholeheartedly."
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