Welcome to InFoRM - the Independent Forum of Residents of McCarthy & Stone
Set up in 2011 as a campaign group for residents, InFoRM is the first UK panel of retirement home owners, put together with the sole aim of ensuring that the voices of McCarthy and Stone residents are heard.
Each member of InFoRM is a current resident of one of our McCarthy & Stone properties within the UK. The panel has come together to share positive ideas based on personal experience, inform public policy and act as a sounding board for life in a McCarthy & Stone development. It communicates the needs of an ageing population to local and national government and also works closely with outside organisations with similar interests.
InFoRM contributes to the national debate around a variety of issues, including how housing, healthcare and transport should adapt to an ageing population, through written publications, statements to the media and public speaking.
What we aim to do
- Promote the views and needs of over 60 year olds in retirement housing
- Raise awareness of retiree’s housing and care issues and their priorities
- Bring new ideas and thinking to the policy area
- Network with stakeholders and organisations involved in issues affecting people in later life
- Engage with local and central government and seek to influence emerging policy
What our members say
||George Wycherley, MBE, 80
Lauder Court, Hamilton
I have lived at Lauder Court for 18 months, and love that I am living among like minded people, in a pleasant environment. I can go on holiday knowing my property is secure and I have daily contact with people of a similar age.
I was born and educated in Lanarkshire, Scotland. I trained as a marine engineer in Glasgow and served as an engineering officer in the British Merchant Navy. After leaving the Navy, I worked in heavy engineering manufacturing mainly in the oil and petrol chemical industry, retiring in 1996. I was Chairman of a Community Council in Lanarkshire and Chair of Lanarkshire's Youth Training Scheme and Community Programme. I was part of a national group who introduced NVQs and SVQs. In 1996, I was awarded an MBE for services to training and industry in Scotland.
Tythe Court, Romford
After living in my McCarthy & Stone home for 21 month, I enjoy the security and knowing that I don't have to worry about building maintenance or personal security. I can be as social or unsocial as I want; it gives me a balance of privacy and community living.
I like going to the theatre and concerts etc. I have a life long interest in books, and am currently three quarters of the way through a post graduate degree in family and local history from the university of Dundee. I also like to travel.
||Janet Mitchell, 74
Liberty Court Chesham
I have lived at Liberty Court for 2 years, and love the community feel.
I was born in Ashford but my family moved to Nyasaland (now Malawi) in 1947. Having been educated in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) at boarding school where I trained as a nurse. I met my husband and then worked in many locations over the next 20 years, doing charity work for various organizations, mostly with medical connections. In 1988, we moved to Scotland following my husband's retirement where I continued doing charity work including working as a trustee at a private residential care home for 10 years. I was widowed in 2010 and I decided to move nearer my grown up children, to Liberty Court in Chesham, where I am happily settled.
||Dr Fred Fowler, 82
The Limes Lymm
I have lived in my McCarthy & Stone apartment for 18 months, and I like most of all the pleasant surroundings and good company you get here.
I was a lecturer in Computing and I am now interested in walking and gardening.
||Frank Tolley BEM, 92
Michael Court Sale
I was an air bomber in the Lancasters during the Second World War and was part of the squadron that dropped food over occupied Holland - where many people were in danger of starvation.
I now do a lot of voluntary work with the Imperial War Museum North, the Manchester branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, the M/CR Air-Crew Association and I am part of Sale Male Voice Choir. I was awarded a Brish Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday honour 2013 for services to museums and community work.
I've lived at Michael Court for the last 16 months and I enjoy the convenience of the development - being nearer to shops, buses and trains. It is well managed, with pleasant and helpful neighbours.
||Ian Harris, 69
Lauder Court, Hamilton
I've been in Hamilton for the last 18 months and enjoy the security, having no gardening/outside maintenance to worry about and the social activity.
I spent my entire working life in the steel industry (in Scotland and in South Wales) I was active in the Boys' Brigade for over 30 years and my current interest is golf.
Cherrett Court, Frendown
I am a retired chartered civil engineer, having worked in local government. I have been a local councillor for eleven years and support many voluntary organisations.
I most enjoy the security and proximity to shops and local transport at the development, in which I have lived here for 18 months.
||Heather Thomas - Vice Chair of InFoRM
Cabot Court, Bristol
The freedom to travel and enjoy life is the best thing about being at a McCarthy & Stone development - I have lived here for over 2 years.
I live at Cabot Court and am the carer to my husband Robin, who has Huntingdon's Disease. Living at Cabot Court enables me to care for him and carry on working. I am the National Chair of the Huntingdon's Disease Association, a £1.3 million charity.
The InFoRM panel meets every three months and members keep in touch via email and the internet. Specific roles include Press Officer, Campaigns Officer, Policy Officer and Events Officer.
If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the application form or email email@example.com.
We look forward to working with you