At the recent National Housing for Older People Awards, a One Manchester retirement scheme has recently earned national recognition.
Judged according to feedback from residents, Will Griffiths Court in Moss Side won bronze in the ‘Best Retirement Housing Scheme (24 – 29 units)’ category at the awards.
More than 4,000 residents from 360 specialist housing schemes helped choose the award winners in a process overseen by the national housing charity for older people, Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC).
Residents rated their accommodation based on the quality of the property as well as the care, support and general sense of wellbeing they enjoy there using an interactive card game.
Will Griffiths Court scored particularly highly with residents on the wide range of social activities, events, entertainment and classes on offer and its strong links with the wider community.
Attributing the success to One Manchester’s support officer Anysie Kankindi, resident, Eddie Dukhie said: “What Anysie has done in a short period of time here in bringing people together and getting everyone involved is absolutely fantastic. She’s one in a million and her energy is contagious”.
Pauline Omoboye, 57, from Longsight attends the art classes, film club and the weekly meal at Will Griffiths Court. She said: “It’s a brilliant place to meet people. I was living in isolation for a long time after losing my mum, so getting involved has really helped me meet people and deal with my depression”.
Angela Salami, One Manchester’s director of communities, said, “This award is a great achievement for everyone involved at Will Griffiths Court. What makes the scheme stand out is the enthusiasm shown by the staff, tenants and volunteers. They have been brave enough to try something different which has reaped amazing rewards for all involved.
“Will Griffiths Court is now a vibrant place where residents and older people in the local community come together to enjoy activities which are helping to reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing”.