Courts recognised by prestigious resident-led awards
Five of our housing schemes have been recognised as part of prestigious national awards voted for by residents.
William Griffiths Court, a retirement scheme in Blackburn, was named the best scheme of its kind in the country as it scooped the gold award in its category at the prestigious National Housing for Older People Awards.
Elsewhere Queensridge Court, an extra care court in Sandwell, won a bronze award in its category and Oakley Gardens, also an extra care scheme, in nearby Walsall, was highly commended. Bowler Close and Sydney Jones Court, retirement schemes in Bradford and Manchester, were also highly commended.
The awards, run by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC), recognise the best schemes in the country and are highly-regarded because they are voted for by residents.
The residents scored their courts on everything from the quality of the property to the support and general sense of wellbeing they enjoy there. And the court beat off competition from hundreds of schemes of its size to win its category.
Court manager Dawn Tomlinson, of Housing & Care 21, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon. We were gobsmacked when they read our name out at the ceremony.
“All of the residents here are absolutely delighted with the result. We’re a fairly small community but a very close one. Everyone is very friendly and they all get on.
“We’ve also had some refurbishments to bring the court up to date and I think that will also have had an impact on the scores we were given."
EAC chief executive, John Galvin, said: “The awards continue to convey a strong, positive message about the success of retirement housing and housing-with-care, and also to celebrate the fact that provision is becoming more diverse”.
Pictured: Residents and staff from William Griffiths Court collects its Gold Award