“Better quality of life” offer for older villagers in Harbury
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Older people in one of Warwickshire's most thriving villages are being urged to have their say in shaping a new extra care housing service that will help them to maintain independent lives.
They can find out more about the service - championed by the Harbury Village with a Vision group in partnership with Bromford Support - and describe what they want from it if they attend a special drop-in session on Monday, February 6.
Village with a Vision chairman Tony Stubbs describes the six-hour session at the Tom Hauley Room as a golden opportunity for the over-55s to ask questions and share their views.
"It's crucial that villagers have their say about this innovative new service which aims to meet the housing, car and support needs of local people," said Mr Stubbs, who will welcome drop-in visitors between 1.30pm and 7.30pm.
"Our objective is clear - to limit the number of people who have to move out of Harbury to receive care and support as they get older.
"Many of the older villagers have lived here all their life. It's the only place they know and it's where all their family and friends are. Then there are some older people who have only lived here for a few years - and really appreciate the help and support they get from such a vibrant and friendly community.
"Either way, we want to enhance their quality of life though helping them to stay independent - whether they live in the new housing scheme once it is up and running or in the wider village."
His enthusiasm for the new venture is shared by Helen Shields, care services business manager with Bromford Support, part of the Bromford housing association - a leading provider of affordable homes and housing-related support services in central England.
She said: "We at Bromford Support fully support the objectives of the Village with a Vision group - and are pleased to be working with them in helping this vision become a reality.
"We have tremendous expertise - not only in providing high-quality affordable housing and equally high-quality support services but also, through our colleagues in development, in every aspect of the planning and building process.
"We plan to acquire a site in Harbury and - subject to planning approval - build up to 36 self-contained homes where local people over the age of 55 can live independently with high-quality care and support available as they need it."
Helen and other colleagues from Bromford will also be on hand to answer questions in the Tom Hauley Room, at All Saints Church, Church Street.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Warwickshire County Council and Harbury Parish Council have all said they will support the scheme -if the demand is there.
Hundreds of questionnaires have already been distributed around the village and this has prompted dozens of responses from people saying they are interested in the scheme.
To find out more, visit www.villagewithavision.co.uk
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