Southampton Test's MP recently visited a local retirement housing scheme and care home to find out more about how Anchor supports older people in the area.

Dr Alan Whitehead MP visited Anchor’s Guardian Court retirement housing scheme in Westwood Road for a cup of tea and a chat with tenants. He also enjoyed a tour of new Mayflower Court care home opposite, which opens in September.

Guardian Court manager Muriel Oliver said: “We’re thrilled the MP chose to visit us because we are such a friendly community here, like a big extended family.

“We really enjoyed welcoming Dr Whitehead, chatting about local issues and showing him what makes Guardian Court so special.

“Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign has highlighted that people often overlook the issues facing older people, so I’m glad the MP took the time to visit Guardian Court and ask about the things that matter to tenants.”

Mayflower Court manager Joe Patterson added: “With the growing number of older people in Southampton, as with the country in general, we wanted to explain to the MP how Anchor’s services are geared specifically towards older people, to help them maintain independence in later life.

“Alan recognised that there is a shortage of services for older people in the area, and was kind enough to say that Mayflower Court is what Southampton needs to meet the expectations of local people looking for great quality care.”

Guardian Court and Mayflower Court are part of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people.

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