Sheltered Housing residents win national award

Sheltered Housing residents win national award

A city Sheltered Housing scheme has been named the best in the UK.

Pendeen Close, in Southway, was granted the honour by Yours magazine, a fortnightly publication aimed at the over 50s.

Each year, the magazine holds its Caring Stars of the Year Award, when readers are asked to nominate the best nursing or residential home, the best sheltered accommodation and the country’s most caring professional carer.

A judging panel shortlists the entries and picks regional winners as well as the overall winners.

Pendeen Close has won £1,000 and a plaque for its efforts.

The residents’ association runs regular events and outings for tenants, including days out, fish and chip lunches, bingo sessions and coffee mornings.

Thanks to grant funding, the association has bought a new computer, TV, printer, DVD player and Wii console and now has a Skype address and a Facebook page. It also puts together a monthly newsletter to keep residents and their families up to date with what’s going on.

Pendeen Close was nominated by Sally Morgan, secretary of its residents’ Association. Sally’s husband Derek is the association’s vice chairman.

He said: “We’re absolutely over the moon with the award. We’ve lost quite a few residents over the last few months but we have managed to come through that and show what can be done with time and effort.

“We will put the prize money towards a meal for all the residents.

“Hopefully we have made all schemes in Plymouth proud of us.”

Sarah French, Plymouth Community Homes’ head of neighbourhood services (north), said: “I have been really impressed with the amount of energy and commitment the residents have put in to their community.

“This is also a great example of PCH staff empowering residents to build stronger communities.

“A win like this puts Plymouth and Plymouth Community Homes on the map and has given everyone a lift.”

Rosie Sandall, Care Editor at Yours magazine, said: “We had a lot of entries and it’s difficult picking one overall winner but we felt the residents at Pendeen did a lot for themselves on a limited budget.

“They have introduced Skype and Facebook, which is quite forward looking for many older residents.”

Yours magazine featuring Pendeen Close is now on sale.

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