South Shropshire Housing Association has been shortlisted for the Best Older People’s Landlord award at the UK Housing Awards (UKHA) 2019. The short-listing recognises SSHA’s innovative Independent Living schemes across Shropshire and Herefordshire, which help residents enjoy their home environment for as long as possible while providing reassurance about safety and security.
When UKHA 2019 judges asked SSHA colleagues to travel to London and pitch for the prize, Ludlow resident Janet Tipton knew she had to get involved. Janet has lived at the Independent Living scheme at Whitefriars, Ludlow for 9 years and feels passionate about the impact it has had on her life. She joins Julie Fowler, Independent Living Co-ordinator at Whitefriars and Beech Gardens, and Ann Sutcliffe, Director of Independence Trust, in making the case for SSHA.
Janet Tipton stated:
“Independent Living schemes deserve recognition at the UK Housing Awards. Living at Whitefriars has given me a new lease of life. My well-designed home is one thing, but the range of activities and sense of community is what really makes these schemes a fantastic place to live.”
Like many Independent Living schemes, Whitefriars and Beech Gardens have a thriving common room where residents take part in all manner of group activities, including dining together and socialising at the regular Lunch Clubs. The large outdoor area is used for games and also features raised planting beds maintained by residents, promoting healthy eating and a more active lifestyle. Beech Gardens also features two ‘discharge to assess’ units to ease the pressure on local NHS hospitals.
Julie Fowler, Independent Living Co-ordinator at Whitefriars, knows first-hand how hard SSHA and its colleagues work to support its older residents:
“I’m very proud of the work we do across our Independent Living schemes. With the range of activities, events and trips out our residents enjoy, it’s not hard to see why we have been nominated for the Best Older People’s Landlord award.”
Ann Sutcliffe, Director of Independence Trust agreed:
“In a rural county with an ageing and dispersed population, our Independent Living schemes offer support and solutions to the people who need it most. We couldn’t be more excited to be on the road to London, campaigning for SSHA and having our colleagues’ hard work rightfully recognised.”