Cookstown housing scheme is 30!

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The Chair of Mid-Ulster Council, Cllr Trevor Wilson, recently joined residents and staff from Choice Housing to mark three decades since a vital housing scheme opened in Cookstown.

Established in 1986, Sperrin Court on Limekiln Lane provides 42 self-contained apartments that help older people live safely and independently in their own home and with easy access to family, friends and local amenities.

The Council Chairman cut a cake to formally commence celebrations that included the presentation of flowers to three longstanding tenants Annie Coners, Margaret Magee and Maeve Thompson.

To mark the occasion, a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support was also held.

Michael McDonnell, Group Chief Executive Choice said: “This scheme has been an important part of the community for such a long time and it is right that we mark 30 fantastic years that have benefited so many people.

“Over the years, Caroline Monroe our scheme co-ordinator at Sperrin Court and our staff have built a unique bond between the residents here and their families and friends.

“We are delighted that so many people could come and celebrate the success of Sperrin Court.

“Schemes like this provide residents with a safe and secure environment right in the heart of the community.

“They are designed to make day-to-day living easier and take on responsibility for life’s complications like managing property repairs.

“Our aim is to ensure tenants feel safe, enjoy their privacy and keep their independence.”

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson commented; “I’m delighted to be here today to celebrate the provision of this fantastic service for 30 years to our local community.

“Sperrin Court provides safe homes for older people who wish to live independently, a vital service for those who need it.”

The popular development is one of the longest-established sheltered living schemes owned by Choice and which has more than 35 years’ experience of providing housing and support services for older people.

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