Improving homes, improving lives

Release Date: 22-Jul-2009
Residents living at the Sykes Fold Grange sheltered housing complex in Clekcheaton are enjoying the benefits of a massive investment programme in Kirklees council housing.
All those involved in the improvements celebrated the reopening of Sykes Fold with the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner

All those involved in the improvements celebrated the reopening of Sykes Fold with the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner

As part of the Decent Homes Programme, around 18 sheltered housing schemes are being remodeled by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), the company that manages the schemes on behalf of the council.

The £13 million project includes new kitchens and bathrooms, eliminates shared bed-sitters and creates self-contained flats for tenants. Lifts are being installed to make it easier for people to get around and improving fire safety standards.

Communal areas are being redesigned to be more home-like, and new friendships are being forged because more people are now coming to coffee mornings and other social activities.

Sykes fold Grange is home to 18 tenants, all over the age of 60, who need a little help to live independently. It is the first sheltered complex in Kirklees to have two-bedroom flats, as well as the usual one-bedroom units.

The improvements were the culmination of lengthy consultation with the residents, and team work has been key to the success of the improvement scheme.

Grange residents, KNH staff, architects from the Council’s Design and Property Services and the contractors – BAAS – worked together during every stage of the improvement programme to make sure that the work went smoothly and that everyone was satisfied with the progress being made.

Janet Gibson, KNH Project Manager, said: “The refurbishment has been done to the highest quality and is something that we’re very proud of. The tenants are really happy with their new homes.”

Linda Littlewood, Scheme Coordinator for Sykes Fold Grange, agreed: “It’s exciting to be involved as our service moves forward to meet the expectations of the modern day tenant. Everybody has settled in really well. They’re happy and enjoying life to the full in their wonderful, comfortable new homes.”

Kelly Secker, the Project Support Officer, said: “Moving was quite stressful for the tenants at their time of life, but it was really rewarding to see the satisfaction on their faces when they saw their new homes for the first time, realizing it had all been worth while.”

One of the residents added, “The contractors have been marvelous and now I am really happy - I just love it here.”

As well as improvements to the individual flats, the communal areas at Sykes Fold Grange have been completely transformed with a replanned and refurbished lounge and dining room.

Residents’ families and friends also benefit from the improvements - the guest room now has new furniture, an ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a CD-radio alarm clock.

If you’d like to know more about any of our sheltered schemes, why not see for yourself what we have to offer? You can even “test drive” our sheltered schemes for a night or two to see if they’re right for you. To find out more, call the Older People’s Support Team on 01484 416444.

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