Thanet wins top prize at national EAC Awards
An Anchor Hanover housing development in Lancashire has won a Gold award at the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards held at The Sheridan Suite, Manchester.
Thanet in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, is one of 27 providers to have triumphed over 25,000 retirement housing developments for the top prize.
The award was largely thanks to the local housing team’s commitment to improving health and wellbeing and tackling isolation and loneliness of residents. Over the years the estate has been a hub for the local community. Among the community initiatives which have taken place at the scheme, some residents were trained by the estate manager to become Citizens Advice advisors and up until recently have taken calls and helped the local community with useful advice.
The estate also has regular GP and nurse visits and will shortly be unveiling a community defibrillator.
Launched in 2010, the awards were created to recognise retirement housing developments which are best in their field and to help shape the future of housing in later life through engaging with residents, staff, visitors and volunteers who voted for their favourite development.
72-year-old Sandra Pye said: “I was delighted to hear that Thanet has won the award. Since moving in I have found the staff to be so helpful. I love taking walks in the beautifully landscaped garden and I am even considering trying out some yoga."
Christine Ditchfield, Estate Manager for Thanet, said: “Having worked at Thanet since 2010 we’re thrilled to have won this award. It is testament that staff, residents and visitors are proud of Thanet and the community services it provides."