‘Yvonne Coudurier is a real whizz kid in the kitchen!’ – so say the fellow leaseholders at Thomas Darby Court in North Kensington who nominated her for our Happy Living customer awards.

Yvonne is one of many people who received plaudits from other customers for their contribution to happy living in our locations.

From the more than 600 nominations we received, we’ve had a task in selecting the seven winners and 70 highly-commended finalists. It’s involved a lot of work from our locations in gathering the stories, but it’s been great to thank those customers personally for the contribution they make to creating vibrant, active communities.

It also brings to life what ‘happy living’ is about. There can be no single definition because it’s about the things which are personal to each and every one of our customers.

Winning the Community Champion Award isn’t down to Yvonne's culinary skills alone. She organises events for fellow residents’ birthdays and anniversaries, makes links with the wider community, arranges activities, and also sets up regular film nights at Thomas Darby Court.

Joining Yvonne are the other category award winners:

And there are many more customers who have been ‘highly commended’, you can find details in our latest news section here.

What’s clear is that we’re creating an environment for older people to enjoy fulfilled lives – something those aged over 55 increasingly think Britain’s political parties are failing to do. Research we commissioned and published just this week found around a quarter of older people planning to vote in the coming general election – now only 100 days away - were not going to vote for the same party as in 2010, and only 13 per cent think politicians represent the views of older people.

After election night, winning the confidence of older people and taking steps to improve their lives must be a significant challenge for the next government.

They’ll need to reach out to organisations that know about what will improve the sense of enjoyment and fulfilment for older people.  As our Happy Living awards show, we’ve got that covered.

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