An Extra Care scheme in Skipton celebrates its first birthday with a special event for residents.
Pictured: Roger Ingham OBE cutting the ribbon with Beverley Weatherall, Housing Manager at Housing 21 (left), Cllr Simon Myers, Chairman at Craven District Council (third from left), Rebecca Dukes (sixth from right), Mike Rudd (back; second from right) and Ben Audsley (back right), all from from North Yorkshire County Council, and Jo Jennings, Assistant Housing Manager at Housing 21 (right)
Eller Beck Court celebrated its one-year anniversary of opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was carried out by Craven community stalwart, Roger Ingham OBE.
Also in attendance was Kris Peach, Housing 21’s Executive Director of Extra Care; Cllr Simon Myers, Chairman at Craven District Council; Ben Audsley, Senior Service Development Officer – Extra Care, Rebecca Dukes, Strategic Service Development Manager – Extra Care and Assistive Technology, and Mike Rudd, Head of Housing Technology and Sustainability, all at North Yorkshire County Council, among others.
Following the ribbon-cutting came a buffet, a cake-cutting ceremony and entertainment provided by Glynn McConnell and Barry Greaves.
Housing 21’s Eller Beck Court comprises 58 one- and two-bedroom apartments for people over the age of 55. The scheme has been delivered in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, Craven District Council, construction company The Casey Group, care provider Catholic Care and supported by Homes England funding.
Beverley Weatherall, Housing Manager for Eller Beck Court at Housing 21, said: “What a fantastic day! We are delighted with how our first year of operating has gone and we look forward to the years ahead.
"We hope that our lovely residents agree that Eller Beck Court provides them with a safe, secure place to live independently with the assurance of the on-site care team, Catholic Care. They are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are committed to providing a professional service to all residents.”
Pictured: Housing 21 residents with the first birthday cake, with Beverley Weatherall, Housing Manager for Eller Beck Court at Housing 21 (third from left), Roger Ingham OBE (fourth from left) and Cllr Simon Myers (third from right)
Cllr Michael Harrison at North Yorkshire County Council said: “Extra Care is a great place to live if you need a bit more help and support and that is why North Yorkshire County Council was so pleased to work with Housing 21 and Craven District Council to bring Eller Beck Court into use.
“It has clearly been a success since residents first moved in and will be a fantastic resource for the area for many years to come. We have a strong commitment to making sure North Yorkshire residents lead safe and happy lives and Extra Care is an important part of that.”
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