Our History

Date Event
1846 Birmingham Royal Institution for the Blind established in Harborne to provide a range of services for the blind residents of Birmingham.
1974 Birmingham Royal Institution for the Blind Housing Society formed in response to a demand for residential care for people with multiple disabilities who attended day care services provided by BRIB.
1979 Oakwood Residential Care Home built housing 18 residents in 14 rooms.
1982 30 Oak Close, a small 3 bedroom freehold property was acquired to accommodate 3 Oakwood residents who had a need for more independent living.
1987 An extension of 7 single bedrooms, 6 bed-sitting rooms, communal lounge and kitchen added at Oakwood Residential Services.
1991 115 Woodville Road purchased for use as a group home for 4 residents.
1991 Queen Mother Gardens built consisting of 24 units of very sheltered accommodation of one bedroom two person flats. A wardens 2 bedroom flat was provided as part of the scheme.
1996 Albert Weedall Centre built utilising Housing Corporation Grant and a £400K contribution from BRIB.
1996 Selly Oak Road Residential Home opened. This was rented from the Bournville Village Trust and opened with 5 residents transferring from Oakwood.
1997 BRIB Housing Society changed its name to New Outlook Housing Association Limited and formed itself as a separate entity totally independent of BRIB. This followed BRIB’s decision that no new contributions would be made available to the Housing Society to support any future building projects. An internal reorganisation within BRIB was also contributory to the need for a separate identity.
1997 BRIB Housing Society changed its name to New Outlook Housing Association Limited and formed itself as a separate entity totally independent of BRIB.
1997 TotalCare introduced as a concept to replace “only residential care” for those living and working within the Oakwood Residential Service.
1998 30 Oak Close no longer a care home as Social Services ruled that it could no longer be registered as a care home as it did not meet the standards relating to spatial requirements and staff facilities. Following consultation the 3 residents became tenants with support from Birmingham Focus on Blindness.
1998 Selly Oak Road Residential Care Home transferred to Birmingham Focus on Blindness.
1998 Mill House purchased as the new Administration Office. NOHA’s finance, senior management and administration moved from the BRIB site to Mill House.
2000 New Oaks opened as a 6 bedroom residential care home with the residents moving from the Oakwood site.
2001 Tulip Gardens opened as an 8 bedroom residential home with the residents moving from the Oakwood Residential Service.
2002 Sale of leasehold interest in the Oakwood site to BRIB in 2 tranches. QAC to move into half of the building with effect from the 30 June 2002 with NOHA providing full vacant possession by the 30 June 2003 at the latest. First tranche of money received from BRIB.
2003 Wardens Flat at QMG converted to two bedroom flat for tenants use.
2003 Silver Birch opened as a 6 bedroom residential home with the residents being the last to move from the Oakwood Residential Services.
2003 Rents at sheltered schemes split with the advent of Supporting People Subsidy.
2003 The sale of our leasehold interest in the Oakwood site was now completed with the final tranche of money received from BRIB who now enjoy full vacant possession. Mortgage secured on Oakwood transferred to Albert Weedall Centre.
2005 Investors in People awarded
2006 Digital aerials fitted into all homes. Queen Mother Gardens fitted with replacement external UPVC windows and doors to all flats.
2008 NOHA rebranded to the yellow (eye) logo.
2008 Disability symbol awarded to Noha following a review by Job Centre Plus.
2011 NOHA registered as domiciliary care provider with CQC. Began delivering care packages to self funders within our sheltered services.
2012 NOHA retendered for maintenance services and contract awarded to Wardle Site Services.
2012 NOHA rebranded to New Outlook.
2012 Planning permission received to add an additional bedroom to Silver Birch.
2013 Bedroom added to Silver Birch.
2015 New Outlook took over management of Pocklington Place, a 64 apartments extra care facility and renamed it Chatham Place.