Residents tell how new scheme has changed their lives
Older residents in Rugby have spoken about how a new housing development in the town has changed their lives at its official opening ceremony.
The official launch of Webb Ellis Court, a £7.2million affordable housing scheme for older people named after the man credited with inventing the game, took place on Wednesday April 20.
Residents from Webb Ellis Court, an extra care scheme, joined representatives from Housing & Care 21, Warwickshire County Council and Rugby Borough Council, for a celebration event at which a number of residents talked about how they have got their independence back.
Webb Ellis Court features 61 self-contained, modern one and two-bedroom apartments with care facilities on site and a range of communal facilities, including a restaurant, lounge, hair salon and a guest suite for friends and family to stay.
The new homes in Pettiver Crescent were built in partnership with developer Willmott Dixon, Warwickshire County Council and Rugby Borough Council and received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of just over £1million.
A total of 41 of the apartments are available at affordable rent and 20 are for sale through shared ownership.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the official opening of this new development which provides much-needed affordable homes for older people in Rugby.
“We’ve worked very closely with the developer and local authorities to bring the project to fruition and the result is a development of modern, high-quality homes which are in-keeping with the area.
“These extra care apartments offer accommodation which allows older people to maintain their independence, socialise with others and be part of a community with the comfort of having access to care facilities on site should they need them. The homes offer the great quality of life which everyone deserves in their later years.”
Resident Keith Skinner, who gave a speech at the event, said: “I have company and get to socialise with other people, it is such a friendly place and that makes a big difference.
“The care staff here are absolutely fantastic, I have everything I need and I’m very happy.
“At the moment I don’t have any care needs but I know that as I get older it will be there for me if and when I do.
“The main thing is I still have my independence and my own front door.”
Tim Willis, Warwickshire County Council's Extra Care Housing Programme Lead, said: "Warwickshire County Council is committed to working with its borough council colleagues to provide the highest level of housing with care for its vulnerable citizens, and the accommodation here is a wonderful asset for older people aged 55 and over with varying levels of care needs."
Extra care schemes help people to live independently in their own apartments, with access to a care service if, or when needed. The support could be personal care or help with domestic tasks such as shopping or cleaning.
Housing & Care 21 now runs four such schemes in Warwickshire, including sites in Warwick and Bedworth. A fifth extra care scheme, Laurel Gardens, is due to open later this year in Mancetter.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Webb Ellis Court should contact Jennifer Wheeler on 0370 192 4697 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To watch a video about Webb Ellis Court click here.
Pictured: Resident Keith Skinner and his dog Jackie