Student names new Extra Care scheme
A student from a Buxton secondary school has named a new Extra Care development, inspired by the name of her school.
Children at St Thomas More Catholic School were asked to come up with a name for a new Extra Care development which is being built on land that used to belong to the school.
Year 8 pupil Tegan Jackson suggested Thomas Fields to celebrate the connection. This was chosen as the winning idea and the scheme was officially named at a ceremony on the site of the development on Thursday 9 March.
Headteacher Brendan Hickey said: “This field at the bottom of Brown Edge Road was unusable by the school without enormous funds being invested. It is wholly appropriate to see that it will now be used to provide desperately needed support for older members of our community.
“I am delighted that Tegan’s suggestion of Thomas Fields was chosen as the name for the development.”
Kris Peach, Housing & Care 21’s Director of Extra Care, said: “The new scheme will be an important part of the local community providing much needed housing and support for older people, and we wanted local schoolchildren to help us name it.
“We think that they have chosen very wisely, ensuring a strong link between their school and the new scheme.”
Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Councillor Paul Jones said: “It’s great to see young people actively involved in this fantastic project which will create a brilliant facility for older people.
“This is part of our continuing programme of investment in facilities for older people and shows our commitment to investing in residential care services – and despite unrelenting cuts we remain one of the few authorities in the country that is continuing to do so.
“Thomas Fields will be a real focal point for the area and will serve the people of Buxton well in years to come."
Thomas Fields will provide 53 self-contained and modern two-bedroom apartments, with support and care services available on site. These are provided according to the needs of the residents, and can include personal care and help with domestic tasks such as shopping, cleaning and ironing. Seventeen of the flats will be available for rent, 14 for sale under shared ownership arrangements and 22 for outright sale.
The development will also offer communal facilities including a restaurant, hair salon, residents’ lounge and laundry room, as well as landscaped gardens.
The site will also feature a residential care facility, to be run by Derbyshire County Council.
Nathan Brough, regional director for Keepmoat, said: “It’s great to see local schoolchildren from St Thomas More getting involved in the development by helping us to name it.
“Thomas Fields is an exciting development which will expand the choice of high-quality retirement housing in Buxton to ensure the older generation enjoy life to the fullest while maintaining their independence.”