Early Christmas for New Residents

Housing 21 and Birmingham City Council held a celebratory event last week for the first lucky residents of Westhall Court extra care scheme.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member, gave a tour of the development and spoke to new residents Molly Allden (86) and Doreen Haden (72) about their experience of living at  Court. An early Christmas party for residents and project partners was held as part of the celebrations.

The £10 million development in Yardley contains 87 two-bed apartments and is one of two developments for older people that the council is developing with Housing 21.

Westhall Court received £5,4m of investment from the Homes and Communities Agency and the council land on which the development stands went into the deal to make it financially viable.

Commenting on her new home, Molly Allden said: "Before I came here I felt very isolated and lonely, and although my family were very supportive, I needed to be with other people. After I moved into Westhall Court the staff made me feel immediately more confident. The flat is lovely. I have made new friends and I have the security of 24-hour care."

Doreen Haden added: "I lived on the 13th floor in my former home and was very unhappy and isolated. When I first moved to Westhall Court it was difficult to settle in but the staff have been wonderful and have helped to make the transition easier. I really like knowing that there are other people here that I can socialise with if I want to. It's good to have the choice of joining in with community activities or being able to do your own thing."

Westhall Court will also bring benefits to the wider local community who will be able to access its communal facilities including a hairdressing salon and restaurant.