Seven years of Potteries Court

Published Thursday, 10th April 2014
Birthday candles
Birthday candles

Residents of a specialist housing scheme in Rotherham will celebrate its seventh birthday next week.

On Monday April 14,  the 35 residents of the Potteries Court Extra Care Housing scheme will be celebrating both Easter and the seventh anniversary of the complex opening.

Following a visit at 4 pm by the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Cllr John and Kath Foden, the residents will enjoy a special meal complete with anniversary cake as well as evening entertainment. Craft items, made by the tenants and their families, will also be available.

The tenants, who are all over 55, live independently within their own accommodation with support from carers and the Housing Support Team enjoy socialising and raising funds for the Tenants and Residents Association (TARA).

Potteries Court opened in 2007 and comprises nine two-bedroom bungalows, 23 two-bedroom apartments and three one-bedroom apartments situated within an established residential area approximately 500 yards from the centre of Swinton.

Each home has a fully fitted kitchen and bathrooms with walk-in showers accessed from the main bedroom. The apartments are centrally heated and have various security features, such as an emergency call system, CCTV, and the capacity to add assistive technology.

The £4 million development was built by the Council and the Chevin Housing Association and was financed by the Department of Health's Extra Care Housing Fund. It is one of three extra care facilities in Rotherham, which was only one of 13 councils across the country who were successful in their bids for the 2004-5 funding allocation.

Potteries Court has a very active TARA committee, which, with the help of the Housing Support Team, organise regular fundraising events, trips and outings.