MP Visits Sandwell Extra Care Scheme


Residents and staff at Queensridge Court in Oldbury welcomed a visit by the Rt. Hon. John Spellar, on Friday. The visit, which was organised by Housing 21, gave the local MP an opportunity to view the facilities and meet with service users of the 87 apartment scheme which opened in 2010.

Queensridge Court provides independent living in an extra care setting, so residents benefit from 24 hour on-site care and support, if needed. The one and two bedroom apartments provide homes to rent or purchase on a shared ownership basis and have been built to meet the requirements of older people.

Mr Spellar was able to visit the on-site facilities which include a shop ran by members of the residents’ association, a hairdressing salon, restaurant, library, healthcare room, two assisted bathrooms and an assisted kitchen. The scheme also has a conservatory, court yard garden and dementia unit

Commenting on his visit, Warley MP John Spellar said: “I was very pleased to visit Queensridge Court, a welcome new facility for our senior citizens.  I was particularly glad that so many came from the local neighbourhood and were able to stay close to family and friends and the friendly communal atmosphere.”

Tracey Grego, locality manager for Housing 21 added: “We’re delighted that Mr Spellar has been able to visit Queensridge Court and meet with staff and residents. We are very proud of this development, which is rapidly growing into a valuable resource for members of the local community who access the services as well as the older people who live here.”

Queensridge Court is the first of two new Housing 21extra care schemes to be developed in Sandwell. A second scheme, Goldfield Court in West Bromwich, is due to complete next month.


For further information, please contact Wendy Gornicki, PR & Information Officer, Housing 21 on 0370 192 4338 or email

Housing 21’s mission is to promote independence and choice for older people through quality care, health and housing services. It provides around 131,000 hours of care each week and manages 18,700 sheltered and extra care apartments, providing services to more than 31,000 service users.

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Housing 21 is a leading social enterprise promoting choice and independence for older people through a range of care, health and housing solutions. We provide individually tailored solutions spanning housing, care, support, dementia and other services. Our service users have a wide range of care needs, including physical or learning disabilities, sensory impairment and mental health conditions. Our vision is a life of choice for older people. We offer a complete service to meet the changing needs of our customers and are increasingly focused on social care and health services. Our services extend far beyond housing and include home care services, dementia services, respite and rehabilitation, end of life care, live-in support, pharmacy services and day care services.

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