In the UK Housing and Care Scheme categories, gold
awards were presented to:
School Court in Hednesford, Staffordshire.
Princethorpe Court in Binley, Coventry.
Silver awards were presented to:
Brunel Court in Wombourne, Wolverhampton.
Broadway Gardens in Bushbury, Wolverhampton.
A bronze award was presented to:
Berryhill Retirement Village in Stoke-on-Trent.
The awards recognised each scheme and village as among the best
in their field after information, provided by residents, was voted
Explains Leann Hearne, ExtraCare's Operations Director: "We had
a fantastic day at the event with all our short listed entrants
coming away with an award.
"There were 857 nominations involving more than 3,500 residents
from 402 housing schemes and 162 managing organisations. So when we
tell you that ExtraCare was the only organisation to win more than
two awards you will see that we definitely swept the board and made
our presence known!"
Leann adds that there were a few tears and screams when
residents went up on the stage to receive their awards and prize
money with Dorothy Cook (86) of School Court earning a particular
mention from the host for her 'jump for joy'.
Dorothy says when she moved into the scheme eight years ago she
experienced a new lease of life and she was still enjoying the time
of her life: "It's wonderful here." Manager Lynn Bate was
just as thrilled. "We're over the moon and winning a Gold after
nominations by our residents is fantastic."
Terry Vernon, Manager of Princethorpe, says the success is also
down to the staff and the way they work. "There's a strong
friendship between them and the residents." And resident Jean
Sedgwick (82) says the Gold award was well deserved. "There's a
wonderful atmosphere here. When I've been away it's like coming
home when I get back to the scheme."
- Further information-
EAC National Housing for Older People Awards
Residents of retirement housing, sheltered housing, assisted
living and extra care housing, throughout the UK, voted for their
schemes through a consultation process involving small groups and
individual meetings. Satisfaction ratings were given for design,
services, and well-being.
The purpose of the 2011 awards was to:
- Publicly celebrate the best specialist housing for older
- Engage thousands of residents in identifying what contributes
to quality of life in traditional and emerging models of specialist
- Ensure that older people, families and carers have access to
the best possible information
- Help shape the future of housing in later life
For information, pictures and video related to this year's EAC
awards, click here.
For more information about ExtraCare's awards, please
contact: Richard Tower, PR Manager at ExtraCare on M: 0772 055