Yorkshire scheme could be named best in UK
An extra care scheme in North Yorkshire is in the running to be named the best in the UK after it made the final of a prestigious national award.
Meadowfields, which opened in Thirsk last year, has been shortlisted for the Inside Housing Top 60 Development Awards, which recognise the UK’s best social housing schemes.
It will go up against four other finalists at a ceremony in London on October 14 for the title of best scheme in the UK.
The £6.6million scheme was built in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council. It features 52 self-contained apartments for older people with a care team on-site 24 hours a day. Communal facilities, including a restaurant and hair salon, are open to the public.
Holly Heslop, housing and care manager at Meadowfields, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for what is a really prestigious national award.
“Meadowfields has fantastic facilities but its real achievement is the community which has been created here. Older people with a variety of different needs live independent lives in their own homes but they socialise with and support one another.
“There is an extremely close sense of community spirit here and we have regular social activities. Residents really support one another and they are delighted by the news”
Norman and Joyce Kidd, both in their 80s, moved into Meadowfields shortly after it opened.
Norman said of Meadowfields: “It is a wonderful relief to know that support and help is available if you need it. It just gives you the comfort to get on with your life and your worries are taken away.
“Obviously we want to stay as independent for as long as possible but we know if we need to up the care that we can at any time and there won’t be any problem finding it because it’s here.
“The staff here are fantastic; they are all so helpful and chatty and just make life that bit easier.
“Quite simply this is the type of accommodation and support older people need to live the lives they deserve.”
*Pictured: Norman and Joyce Kidd