Awards for older people’s housing schemes
Residents at Hazelholt seniors housing scheme in Portslade, and Churchill House in Hangleton, are celebrating awards from the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC).
Hazelholt won a gold award in the South East regional awards and Churchill House received a bronze award. Hazelholt will now go through to a national final in May.
The EAC awards celebrate specialist housing for older people. Residents, staff and visitors could vote for their favourite scheme from a list of nominations.
“I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else”
Hazelholt’s manager Kathy Boyce, said: “We are very proud of the scheme and everything that goes on here, and we are delighted to have won this award.”
Resident Gladys Fawcett has lived at Hazelholt for 11 years. She said: “I’m so happy here, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”
Churchill House resident, Marion Carey, said: "I like it here because we're in a good location, close to the shops and doctors' surgery, and the scheme managers are very good. You can be independent, but there are people around if you need them."
The Elderly Accommodation Counsel is a national charity that helps older people meet their current or anticipated housing and support needs. More information about the EAC National Housing for Older People Awards
Independent living for over 55s
Hazelholt and Churchill House are among 23 council-run seniors housing schemes in the city. They are open to over 55s and designed to help people continue to live as independently as possible.
Hazelholt, in Chalky Road, runs a range of activities for residents and people living nearby, including digital gadget drop-in sessions, exercise classes, a gardening group and lunch club. It also has close links with local schools and other organisations.
Churchill House, in Hangleton Road, also holds social events for residents and its communal lounge is used by local community groups.