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News 05 December 2016 l Housing

What’s behind Hanover’s latest award success?

We’re delighted to have recently won the Extra Care category of the prestigious 2016 Laing Buisson Awards, with our Marina Court development in Tewkesbury.

The award recognises excellence in the provision and development of extra care facilities. So how did we beat off stiff competition within the housing and care sector to win?

One of the main reasons is that Marina Court has a ‘Community Hub’ offering a varied, resident-focused health and wellbeing programme. It includes innovative, preventative and enabling classes along with holistic therapies, learning opportunities and social events too. Any income generated is reinvested, meaning the scheme is always evolving to meet the changing needs of residents and the wider community.

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In the last two years, an impressive £20,000 has been raised by staff and residents, including five grant awards for outdoor activities which have helped deliver an outdoor gym, a wildlife area with pond, tennis tables and specially designed inclusive archery equipment.

Residents also play an active part in fundraising for the local community and have raised £6,000 for a number of local charities. Alongside this, they also knit for the local hospital’s baby unit and teach skills to local children.

The development has one clear aim: to place residents at the heart of our preventative approach to wellbeing and independence. Residents are involved in everything, from raising funds and developing programmes to engaging with the surrounding community. Every month residents feed back on what they want, assessing ideas and encouraging everyone to rekindle a hobby or activity wherever possible. This year the focus has been on getting outside again. We’ve already had great results, with the completion of a new outdoor gym and pond area. 

These priorities reflect Hanover’s mission to support residents to live independent, active and fulfilling lives no matter what age, size or shape. We encourage a ‘getting involved’ attitude which means table tennis is played by wheelchair users and a resident who is 102, plus sight impaired residents trying their hand at archery. 

As such, the development has delivered many tangible improvements for residents, including one resident in his nintieth year whose doctor has seen ‘improvements in hypertension and a reduction in his blood pressure medication. Plus dramatic improvements in balance and posture, walking more confidently and falling only once in the last year, which he attributes to ‘over-socialising’! He acknowledged the part played by the comprehensive programme of activity at Marina Court in the process of bereavement following the loss of his wife.

Marina Court is owned and managed by Hanover, working in partnership with NHS Gloucestershire, Tewkesbury Borough Council, and Gloucestershire County Council. Residents on the estate enjoy extensive views across the marina and benefit from a varied, resident-focused health and wellbeing programme, as well as a wide range of on-site facilities, including shared gardens, a residents’ lounge and a hair salon.