Council gives £1,000 grant boost to sheltered home’s elderly residents

December 9, 2014

Cheshire East Council has given a £1,000 boost to a group of elderly residents in sheltered accommodation.

The grant money will be used to help provide trips out and social contact to help improve residents’ quality of life.

Councillor David Brown, the Deputy Leader of Cheshire East, handed over the grant cheque during a visit to Macclesfield’s St Clement’s Court residential home, which is run by charitable non-profit organisation Alpha Homes.

The grant was made under the Council’s Giveback scheme.

Cllr Brown, who shared a cup of tea and mince pies with the residents when he visited St Clement’s to present the cheque, said: “It gave me great pleasure to visit St Clement’s Court and present the cheque for £1,000.

“We’ve recently been able to award a number of grants for a wide range of community causes – but this one is a bit different. This is a grant from the Cheshire East Giveback scheme, to help fund a range of activities for the residents at St Clements, and so provide a better quality of life to some elderly people in our community – ensuring that they get proper social contact, and some trips out.

“Certainly, from the warm reception I received when I arrived, everybody is genuinely appreciative of the support. Residents are happy and the staff are clearly doing a great job. I am sure that this funding will be well utilised.”

House manager Gill Bassett said “We are really grateful for this grant from Cheshire East because it will have such a positive impact on the lives of our residents – enabling us to organise more days out as well as other activities to enrich their lives.”

Resident Sue Reed added: “The staff here are absolutely fantastic. Our house manager, Gill, is the best we’ve ever had and, likewise, Sue (Hampson) is the best housekeeper we’ve ever had – and we love it here!”

St Clement’s Court provides quality, affordable sheltered accommodation and services for the elderly and is a scheme of 28 studio apartments and four one-bedroomed apartments, all looked after by professionally-qualified staff.

The scheme is one of a number run by Alpha Homes, which is a charitable, non-profit organisation managed by a committee of volunteers and residents.