Alton Counselling Service - Donation - Southern - Alton - Waterman House

McCarthy and Stone, the leading retirement housebuilder behind the new Retirement Living Plus development, Austen Place on Lower Turk Street in Alton has donated £1,000 to the Alton Counselling Service.

The donation was made at the Retirement Living Plus development this week. Presented by Elizabeth Bowden, Marketing Executive for McCarthy and Stone, to Dorothy Harte, Head of Counselling at Alton Counselling Service and Trustee Member Anne Bothwell; the donation will go towards a new supervision group to help increase the number of counsellors and meet the growing need of the area.

Alton Counselling Service provides an affordable open-ended and short-term counselling service to those in Alton and surrounding communities. A not-for-profit organisation, the team of counsellors and staff at the Alton Counselling service are trained to listen and give individuals the time needed to explore any problems and difficulties in a confidential one-to-one setting. The donation from Austen Place has been made as part of the housebuilder’s ongoing commitment to support local groups and organisations in the Alton area.

Dorothy Harte, Head of Counselling at Alton Counselling Service, commented: “We are delighted to receive this support from McCarthy and Stone. There has been a marked interest in the service we offer, evidenced by the increasing number of daily enquiries, so we decided to open a new supervision group so we could add to the number of counsellors available to meet those needs, and reduce waiting list times.  

“We aim to see around 50 people per week and the counselling lasts as long as necessary. Generally, we see people who are facing difficult circumstances in their lives. This may be because of long term problems, a recent bereavement, job loss or the end of a relationship. The sessions are designed to help individuals find their own answers and develop strategies for dealing with problems. Many people find it helpful to talk this over with a professional counsellor who is not personally involved. We look forward to continuing the relationship with McCarthy and Stone in the future.”

Elizabeth Bowden, Marketing Executive for McCarthy and Stone Southern region, said: “We are overjoyed to be able to provide support to Alton Counselling Service. An extremely worthwhile cause, the charity provides remarkable levels of support for those who are in need and rely on the service.

“As a company, we appreciate that it’s our responsibility to not only build quality, purpose-built retirement properties, but also to create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build.”

Designed exclusively for those aged 70 and over, Austen Place comprises of 56 one and two bedroom apartments priced from £280,000 and £358,000 respectively.

Apartments come complete with fully-fitted modern kitchens with integrated appliances, underfloor heating, spacious and open-plan living areas, and stylish en-suite bathrooms. There is also ample communal space including a large Club lounge, perfect for socialising with new neighbours and a handy guest suite for when family and friends come to stay.

Homeowners can benefit from a little extra support in the form of domestic assistance. From help with laundry or cleaning, to 24-7 personal care, a care package can be tailored to their individual needs; and a table service restaurant serving hot meals daily.

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 13 years’ running.  McCarthy and Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 13 consecutive years, which is every year the awards have been run.

Those interested in Retirement Living Plus at McCarthy and Stone’s Alton development are invited to call 0800 310 0383 or visit