Community Matters for Horwich Homeowners

04 October 2013

At McCarthy & Stone we talk a lot about the importance of companionship in later life. Having someone close by who you can call a friend and rely upon for a warm smile, a hospitable cuppa or some jovial banter is a wonderful thing - and enabling this sense of community to blossom is what our developments are all about.

The homeowners at Rockhaven Court in Horwich not only understand the meaning of the word ‘community’ but they practically embody it. This is a fact that was no more evident than at this week’s Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Housing for Older People Awards.

These awards are unique. The results of the individual accolades are solely based on the comments and votes of residents living in retirement and extra care developments across the UK. It asks residents to score their housing scheme on a variety of statements relating to both the quality of the property and the care (where relevant), support and general sense of wellbeing they enjoy there.

When asked if they would consider taking part in the voting, the residents at Rockhaven Court jumped at the chance. Being so intensely proud of the relaxed, fun and active lifestyle they have created together there, this community wanted to stand-up and be counted so they rallied the troops and voted-up a storm.

Their passion was duly noticed and the development was shortlisted in a number of categories. A large number of people from the community at Rockhaven Court, many of whom had been involved in the voting, made the journey from Bolton along with house manager Sharon Gratton to support their development during the awards ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

What the actual results for the awards were hardly seemed to matter though. This group of people; who a few years ago lived very individual lives, had now, together, already succeeded in ensuring their development, their home, their ‘family’ was going to be classed amongst the country’s finest. 

The fact that they scooped a bronze accolade for UK’s best retirement housing schemes in the 45 to 59 unit category only compounded the boisterous and electric atmosphere around the Rockhaven Court tables in the conference hall. This was their achievement, and one they were confident they could improve on in future years as their community continues to grow.

It was proof, if proof was needed, that it’s not the winning, but the taking part that matters. Whilst they were over the moon to now be able to say they live somewhere truly award-winning, it was friendship and companionship that were the true champions as they excitedly boarded the minibus back to Horwich. Bronze award or otherwise, we’re pretty sure the celebrations lasted all the way home and beyond.

Find out more about Rockhaven Court here.

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