In Practice, There’s More to Retirement Housing Than Meets the Eye


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(PRWeb UK) October 1, 2010

There’s a lot more to retirement housing than meets the eye, suggests Hanover’s latest publication ‘Inpractice’.

It shows how staff, and residents, are continually looking for ways to offer new opportunities to improve life on Hanover’s 600-plus retirement and Extra Care estates – often helping others into the bargain too.

Inpractice examples include partnerships with schools, agencies helping the long-term unemployed and universities – these have resulted in voluntary help to improve older people’s homes, and communal areas.

The new publication also highlights residents helping each other, by teaching new skills or hobbies, as well as partnerships with local voluntary organisations – these have helped to improve the day-to-day lives of Hanover residents.

Hanover chief executive Bruce Moore said:

“We face tough economic times ahead and that makes it even more important to identify and share good ideas, and help people to find local solutions. “There is lots of talk about the ‘Big Society’ – Hanover residents and staff have been doing this in practice for some time already.”

Michael Brannigan has been unemployed for over eight months and is undertaking a work placement on a Hanover estate in Norfolk. He says: ‘I’ve found myself arriving earlier or leaving later every day because I really love the work.’

Resident Roy Seymour is regularly visited by a local volunteer, Andy. Roy says: “I was nervous about going out on my new mobility scooter on my own but Andy comes out with me and has really built up my confidence.”

Resident Jayne Wallbridge offered to lead a new free arts and crafts class at her estate for her neighbours. She says: “I love crafts and I like teaching others, I was glad to lead a new group”.

Notes to Editors:

Inpractice Vol. 2 is available to download at: www.hanover.org.uk

Inpractice aims to share good practice with Hanover residents and staff across England. This is the second edition – and builds on initiatives last year that included ground-breaking partnerships with Probation Trusts.

Inpractice Vol. 2 features 28 case studies across four themes as follows:

Voice and Choice: helping residents to exercise choice and have their say on services and housing management – and in the wider community too. For example, an election hustings in Norwich (case study 2) and a successful campaign for a new bus route in Leicester (case study 3) election hustings in Norwich

Better Homes: helping residents to improve their homes, communal areas and gardens beyond the basics. For example, through partnerships with training colleges (case study 9) and universities (case study 13).

Value-added support: offering residents services that maximise their income and improve their quality of life. For example, benefits advice (case study 15) and encouraging resident-taught craft classes (case study 18).

Local links: helping residents to keep in touch and be part of a wider community. For example, through partnerships with agencies that help young unemployed (case study 22), with volunteer centres (case study 23) and local schools (case study 28).

Established in 1963, Hanover is dedicated to providing choice and independence for older people and is one of the largest specialist providers of retirement housing and related support services for older people in England. The Hanover Group manages nearly 19,000 retirement and Extra Care properties, which are available for rent or purchase on more than 600 estates.

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