27th April, 2017
The ExtraCare Charitable Trust has won the UK Housing Awards Outstanding Development Programme of the Year. The awards are hosted by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
The award comes as ExtraCare, a registered charity, opens Longbridge Village in Birmingham this summer, the fifth of five new villages across the City. A further three villages are under construction in High Wycombe, Stoke Gifford (Bristol) and Bedford.
As well as providing homes with health and leisure facilities for over 4,400 older people across the Midlands and North, ExtraCare’s village communities integrate care and lifestyle services into a pioneering development model, providing residents with the opportunity to live happier and healthier lives.
Key features of the award submission included:
The award submission also made particular reference to residents’ involvement in the Charity’s development strategy. ExtraCare Resident Millicent Gobbinsingh who lives at Birmingham’s Pannel Croft Village, a partnership with Birmingham City Council, said:
“ExtraCare builds communities but we shape and propagate them. We live well and independently here and, in return, we’re sharing our experiences and aspirations to inform people considering life in future villages.”
ExtraCare’s Chief Executive, Mick Laverty, said: “It is the collaborative effort of residents, volunteers, staff and partners that create our sustainable and innovative communities and deliver our Charity’s vision, ‘better lives for older people.’ This award is the outcome of that collaboration and I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this achievement.”
In 2016, the Charity won the Outstanding Approach to Innovation Award at UKHA for its pioneering Enriched Opportunities Programme which supports residents with dementia.
Picture: ExtraCare Resident Millicent Gobbinsingh picked up the award for the Charity on April 26th 2017: “We’re sharing our experiences and aspirations to inform people considering life in future villages.”
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The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
ExtraCare is a registered charity established in 1988 and based in Coventry. Our vision is better lives for older people and our mission is creating sustainable communities that provide homes older people want, lifestyles they can enjoy and care if it’s needed. To deliver our vision and mission we essentially do three things:
* We develop new villages
* We operate villages and schemes
* We support our villages, schemes and our ‘extra-care’ model through fundraising, advocacy and research
Each village or scheme has 5 to 18 social, health and leisure facilities that are accessible to our residents, volunteers and local people representing all age groups living in surrounding communities. Our Charity Shops help fund care and well-being services for older people living at our each of our locations. www.extracare.org.uk