Abbeyfield named one of best in UK

A SHELTERED housing scheme with a property in Banbridge has been named one of the top schemes in the UK.

Abbeyfield Northern Ireland, which has a house at 105 Scarva Street, scooped the prize at the 2011 National Housing for Older People Awards.

Run by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC), the awards recognise specialist housing schemes which are the best in their field.

Nominated by residents, Abbeyfield was shortlisted from over 402 award entrants from across the UK.

Geraldine Gilpin, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield UK (NI) said, “To be nominated by our residents makes receiving this award particularly special. I

“It also reflects the excellent work of our Area Managers, who are incredibly dedicated and passionate about ensuring that our residents are fully involved in the running of the Houses and are able to maintain a sense of belonging to the local community.”

Thanking the residents for taking the time and effort to make the submission, Helen Collins, Abbeyfield Area Manager said, “Our residents are at the heart of everything we do and it is truly satisfying to know that they feel genuinely happy, secure and valued in their home.