WE are pleased to announce that two of our sheltered schemes have won bronze in the prestigious National Counsel for Older People awards 2012 run by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel.
Alexander Court won bronze in the ‘Best rural retirement housing scheme’ category, while Coates Lodge received the award for ‘Retirement housing 60 units and over’.
The schemes, both based in Chelmsford and which were the only two throughout the county to be selected and win an award, were nominated by their residents who used a bespoke card gamedesigned to help them rate their sheltered scheme on its design, services and the activities available for tenants.
Celebrating the achievements of housing for older people, the awards ceremony - which took place at the Legal & General offices in London and was sponsored by the Department of Communities and Local Government - witnessed Coates Lodge and Alexander Court compete against more than 200 sheltered schemes from across the country.
Sandy James, Older Persons’ Services manager, said: “It’s fantastic that both of our sheltered schemes won bronze. What makes it even better is that it’s the residents themselves who nominated the schemes.
“The residents thoroughly enjoy playing the card game and it’s a great way for them to engage with each other and discuss the benefits of their scheme.”
Pat Harwood, Alexander Court scheme manager, said: “The residents are absolutely delighted to have won the award after all of their work. They thoroughly enjoyed playing the card game and are already looking forward to entering the scheme in next year’s award.”
Sheltered schemes Oxney House and St. Anne’s Court, in Chelmsford, both received £100 runners-up raffle prize after their residents nominated the schemes for the EAC awards.