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Tenants celebrate a decade of independent living

Tenants celebrate a decade of independent living

DSC_0940Residents at a Swinton Extra Care housing scheme are celebrating 10 years of safe, independent  living.

Potteries Court, which is owned by Together Housing Group and run by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, has provided housing with care to many older people who have lived in the scheme since it opened back in 2007. 

Residents, including two who have lived in the scheme from the start, were joined by their families, volunteers and the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley, to eat cake, swap stories and take part in a “find the golden egg” tombola.  The prize, which included a giant Easter egg donated by Mexborough Lions, was won by players who found a gold-tipped crème eggs hidden in chicks knitted by long-time volunteer Sue Taylor.

Sue Lewis, Group Head of Support Housing at Together Housing, said Potteries Court is a great combination of self-contained apartments within a well designed scheme with care and support and lots of things going on : “Potteries Court has been greatly valued since it opened ten years ago. It is so important to be able to remain living independently in your own home whilst knowing that help is close to hand when needed and having the chance to keep enjoying life in later years, with good friends and neighbours.”

DSC_0914Cllr Pitchley said that looking after the elderly was an important priority: “These residents have given a lifetime of work and effort to Rotherham and other communities, so it’s an absolute privilege to be able to go to their home and celebrate with them.”

Cllr David Roche, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care added: “We have an increasing number of people living longer in Rotherham and we need to provide good services such as that at Potteries Court. It is important that places like Potteries  Court  offer  independent living  alongside support and a network of friendships. I am impressed with the range of activities at Potteries Court and with its neighbourly approach.”

Jean Hawley, who has lived at Potteries Court since it opened and was joined by her daughter and grandson for the party, added that she was extremely grateful to the staff and volunteers that work there: “It’s a lovely building that has been run really well. It’s a really lovely community.”

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.

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