ExtraCare Sweeps Up Five National Awards

07 February 2011

Four ExtraCare schemes and a retirement village swept up five major awards at the recent prestigious EAC Housing for Older People Awards ceremony held at Ascot Racecourse.

School Court Gold Award

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 on.

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 people
  • Engage thousands of residents in identifying what contributes to quality of life in traditional and emerging models of specialist housing provision
  • 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 3658, richard.tower@extracare.org.uk