Building a community at sheltered housing scheme in Bilton

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RUGBY MP Mark Pawsey visited a sheltered housing scheme in the town last Friday to see how a local housing association is helping older people maintain their independence.

St Marks Court in Bilton is an Orbit Heart of England sheltered housing scheme for people aged over 55. As he toured the development of 36 self-contained flats, communal areas and extensive gardens with Orbit Heart of England’s director of independent living, Vicky Harwood, Mr Pawsey learned about some of the activities run by Orbit Heart of England to support those who live there.

He also met a number of St Marks Court residents, who told him about their experiences of living at the sheltered housing scheme.

Vicky Harwood said: “We aim to help people maintain their independence and also feel part of a community. We arrange a number of regular activities for residents, many of which take place at the local community centre and are open to Orbit Heart of England residents as well as members of the wider community.”

Orbit also works with organisation such as Age UK to provide activities. It is planning an open day at the community centre to promote the range of activities available.

Mr Pawsey added: “It’s good to see that the focus on building a community is really working here, and Orbit Heart of England is doing a great job of creating opportunities for St Marks Court residents and other members of the local community to meet, get involved in a range of different activities and stay active.”