Welcome to Gillwood Court
A friendly and safe welcome
Find out how we are welcoming new residents into our retirement housing, alongside the measures in place to keep everyone safe.
At Gillwood Court retirement housing scheme in Sunderland, we offer 6 one bedroom, 28 studio and 1 three bedroom purpose-built properties and bungalows for rent for people over the age of 55.
Gillwood Court is situated close to Penshaw and has excellent transport links to Sunderland, Durham, Washington, Houghton and Chester-le-Street. The local shops are within walking distance and include supermarkets, a post office, library, bakery, hairdressers and cafes. There are two doctors' surgeries and a dental surgery nearby. Other local amenities include Herrington Country Park and the fantastic Penshaw Monument.
We understand that sometimes you like to be alone and at other times you may want to be more sociable. Our properties give you that freedom. At Gillwood Court you can come home from work or a day out, close your front door, kick off your shoes and relax, or you can call in to the coffee mornings, lunch club and join in with your neighbours.
You will not need to worry about maintenance and repairs or gardening upkeep as we take care of those. We provide a wide range of facilities, including a communal lounge, a guest room, a garden with seating area, an on-site laundry and eight parking spaces.
Features of Gillwood Court
Shared facilities complementing each private residence:
- 1 lift
- Secure door entry system on all external doors
- Car parking available
Care and support
More support available when you need it:
- Supporting Manager
- 24 hour emergency response call system
Life at Gillwood Court
At Gillwood Court sheltered housing scheme, we offer purpose-built and well-maintained rented properties and bugalows for people over the age of 55.
Your home will be completely self-contained with your own front door allowing the privacy and independence you expect. It will be easy to maintain, and you will be able to give your new home a personal touch and decorate and furnish it as you wish.
Your kitchen will have fully-fitted units. There will be storage space and lounge and bedroom areas.
Many of the people who live in our properties have arranged broadband and digital or satellite TV and most properties have a telephone point.
You will want to feel safe in your new home and that’s why each of our properties is fitted with an emergency alarm.
Our retirement properties have a real community feel where people interact with their neighbours, families and friends, continuing to do all the things they love.
Our rented housing locations plan and organise a wide range of activities and events tailored to the interests of the people living in them. Events are varied and many of our rented housing locations choose to set up social committees to include everyone in the planning of communal events and activities.
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|Communion (monthly - Thursday)||Fish & chip lunch||No activity||No activity|
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We endeavour to be completely transparent about all our charges and fees. Below is indicative pricing to act as a guide to the costs at Gillwood Court, Sunderland. For further information please contact us.
How much does it cost?
Properties for rent
Your monthly fee will range from £514.47 and normally includes your rent, service charge, heating, hot water and water rates.
What is included in rental fees?
Our service charge covers all the cost of amenities you share with your neighbours, including the scheme manager service, our 24-hour emergency call service (Anchor on Call), repairs and maintenance, window cleaning, gardening and the cleaning of communal areas.
Your local council will be able to advise you about getting help paying your rent and service charge through housing benefit. They will also be able to tell you if they will be paying a grant to us to meet or contribute towards the support cost elements of our services to you.
Straightforward, supportive and safe
We continue to welcome new residents to our retirement housing safely. We ask residents, colleagues and visitors to consider using face-coverings in shared and busy areas and have thorough cleaning regimes for our shared spaces.
Making the most of technology
Everyone’s safety and wellbeing is our absolute priority, so where possible we are offering prospective residents the opportunity to use technology to do virtual viewings and can send videos and photographs to support your decision making. We will of course be delighted to welcome you for an in-person viewing if this is your preference.
We are open to new residents.
To start your enquiry, simply click “Enquire now” and call us or complete an enquiry form.
Our helpful team will offer you all the information you need to find your next home - we’ll provide you with full details of the property including up to date information on current vacancies and our waiting list.
When inviting you to consider a property everyone’s safety and wellbeing is our absolute priority.
To help you view the available property we can send you photographs and videos and offer a virtual show round video call, where you will be able to speak to the friendly manager one-to-one and take a look around. Alternatively, we can offer an in-person viewing if you prefer.
During this time we continue to exercise precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors and so will only invite you to view a property in person once it is empty, and after you confirm that no member of your household is displaying any symptoms or self-isolating.
Our aim is for each viewing to be as safe and easy as possible, so during your visit the manager will observe social distancing at all times and you will be asked to follow handwashing guidelines and consider using a face covering in the communal areas. Ahead of your arrival the manager will open all the doors minimising your need to touch surfaces and ensuring rooms are well ventilated. They will also minimise risk by taking you to the property via the safest route possible and back up all other precautions with a thorough cleaning regime.To help you view the available property where possible we will send you photographs and videos and offer a virtual show round video call, where you will be able to speak to the friendly manager one-to-one and take a look around.
Your manager looks forward to welcoming you to your new home.
They will be your main point of contact and will work with you to ensure your move goes smoothly and will continue to support you to settle in, offering you any advice and guidance you need to feel at home and confident in your choice to live with us.
During this difficult time, we recognise, see and hear how much coronavirus is affecting the people living independently with us across our retirement housing and we want to help and support you as much as we can.
As part of that support, we have introduced a range of new tools to complement the existing wellbeing services we offer residents. These include services such as BeActive, our free online wellness and movement programme and we have also partnered with UK-wide call companion provider Reengage to offer a free telephone-based befriending service, BeSupportive, to help those who may not have others to talk to.
Where possible, we also put residents in touch with the many great local initiatives that aim to support people during this time and beyond.
Read more about how we are supporting our housing residents during coronavirus here.
Station Road, Penshaw, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, DH4 7LQ
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