18 May 2017
An older people’s housing scheme in Wellingborough has won a top prize in the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards 2017.
Bengeworth Court on Park Road is one of 31 to have been nominated for a top prize out of the almost 25,000 retirement housing schemes or developments nationwide.
The awards, now in their 7th year, celebrate the best specialist housing for older people, and aim to help shape the future of housing in later life through engaging over ten thousand residents, staff, visitors and volunteers who were all able to vote for their favourite scheme out of the 1,180 nominated between 15 November 2016 and 28 February 2017.
John Galvin, EAC’s Chief Executive, explained the importance of the awards: "Specialist housing for older people plays an enormously significant role in helping them stay independent for longer. The security, support and great communities have a positive impact on individuals and reduce the need for NHS services.”
Gill Walsh, the Scheme Manager for Bengeworth Court, said: “We’re thrilled to have won the silver medal in our category as it means that staff, residents and visitors are really happy with the scheme."
Alice and Dennis Crimpton, residents of Bengeworth Court, echoed Jo and Kerrie’s enthusiasm: “Were so pleased to hear that Bengeworth Court won a silver medal. We really enjoy living here and it’s great to see that the EAC awards recognise that it’s among the very best there is!"
The EAC Awards was celebrated at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham on 16th May 2017 where the bronze, silver and gold awards winners were announced.