Beckwith Mews in Silksworth was Housing & Care 21’s first extra care scheme to open in Sunderland in 2009.
The £5.9 million development provides independent living for older people, with the opportunity to rent, own or part-own one of 40 two-bedroom apartments, with access to 24-hour care provision on-site.
It was built following a partnership between Housing & Care 21, Sunderland City Council and Frank Haslam Milan and provides the following community facilities:
- library with internet facilities and resource centre
- hair salon
Residents also benefit from:
- landscaped gardens
- sun terrace
- buggy Store
- assisted Bathroom
- door entry system
- emergency call facility via pull cord and pendant
- guest suite for use by family and friends.
The court has an active, community atmosphere where residents enjoy regular activities, including:
- Wii sports games
- games and activity evening
- bingo and sing-along nights.
Age concern and the on-site library also provide regular activities and courses which are available to the wider community as well.
Housing & Care 21 has also built two other extra care schemes in Sunderland - Woodridge Gardens in Washington and Bramble Hollow in Hetton.
Impact on Residents’ Lives
Father William Lucas
Born in Silksworth, Father William moved into his ground floor apartment at Beckwith Mews alongside his guide dog Tom, because he wanted to feel secure in the knowledge that support is available 24 hours a day should he need it. Father Lucas suffers from a degenerative eye condition as a result of diabetes, and is almost completely blind. His dog settled in quickly too as Housing & Care 21 along with the Guide Dog Association arranged for a section of the landscaped garden to be fenced off into a run for him.
Sales at Beckwith Mews have been very good, mainly because the scheme provides good community facilities and good links with the local community, making it a suitable choice for people who have lived in the area all their lives. It is well located and having the local library on-site is an added attraction. It is just 500 yards to nearest shops and bus stops and the post office is within walking distance too.
Originally, of the 40 apartments available 10 were intended for shared ownership and 10 for outright sale. However, the outright sale option was less popular than shared ownership so the tenure for seven of these was moved to rented, where there was a higher demand.
Nevertheless, with good staff, excellent location and a range of services, Beckwith Mews remains a popular court for purchases with a waiting list now on re-sales.
Names have been changed to protect identities.