A CHP sheltered scheme has been voted as one of the best in the country after it won silver at the prestigious National Housing for Older People awards 2011run by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC).
Essex based housing association, CHP, saw its sheltered scheme Coates Lodge, in Chelmsford, Essex, nominated for the ‘Retirement housing 60 units and over’ category by its residents, who rated Coates Lodge on its design, the services and the activities available.
Celebrating the achievements of housing for older people, the national awards event – which was held at Ascot Racecourse and witnessed more than 350 guests attending - saw CHP pick up silver after competing against 140 housing providers and over 34 retirement schemes (after 402 were nominated) from across the country.
CHP’s Older Person’s Manager Sandy James, who attended the event with five of the residents who nominated Coates Lodge, said: “We are delighted to win this award and be a part of such an important event.
“It is fantastic that our residents think so highly of Coates Lodge to have nominated it and the fact that it received the silver medal shows that it is a great sheltered scheme. It was really good for our residents to attend the event as we all had a great day.”
John Galvin, Chief Executive of EAC, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate with such a wide range of winners and thank every resident who took part in the nomination process and made this day possible. These awards not only recognise excellent standards in retirement housing, but are about involving older people in shaping its future, starting with those who live in it.
“We are committed to ensuring that older people, families and carers have access to the best possible information and the awards are one way in which we achieve this.”