Beautiful and affordable social housing for the over 60s in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 09:56 13 September 2019 | UPDATED: 12:23 13 September 2019
Do you know someone that is in need of more suitable accommodation? Are they struggling with stairs in their home? Do they need to be nearer family? Norwich Housing Society’s affordable housing could be the perfect option
Have you or a loved one been thinking about your next move in life? Not sure where to begin or what options are available to you? Norwich Housing Society has been enjoying exciting times, regularly upgrading their existing properties and adding new schemes to their portfolio when finances allow.
Founded in 1934 by Canon Lanchester who was determined to offer homes fit for families in need at affordable rents, the society now looks after nine small developments across Norwich accommodating over 300 residents. Their tenants are all over the age of 60 and their main objective is to offer them independent living with support, with three knowledgeable Scheme Managers on hand to help where needed, a pull-cord system for after-hours assistance and diligent office staff who work hard to respond to requests as swiftly as possible. Nothing makes them happier than flowers and chocolates which arrive from time to time as a thank you for their helpfulness!
2018 was a very successful year for the society, especially with the fulfilment of an ambitious project to develop 20 flats at Leander Court on Bluebell Road in Eaton, built by specialist constructor of homes for older people McCarthy & Stone. Norwich City Council deputy leader and portfolio holder for social housing Cllr Gail Harris joined Norwich Housing Society chairman Carol Sangster in cutting the ribbon at the opening of the scheme, commenting "They are of a wonderful standard, and will be high quality affordable homes for older people in this part of the city. This is a really good example of a working partnership between the City Council and Norwich's own specialist in affordable homes for older people, Norwich Housing Society."
More recently, eight flats at the St Barnabas Court scheme in Orchard Street were entirely refurbished with CCTV introduced there to help provide reassurance and security, and major works on curtain walling at Westwood House on Edinburgh Road were successfully completed and have greatly improved the appearance and insulation of the building. Staff and board members of the society were also delighted to join residents at Eleanor Road to celebrate the opening of their new common room, which now offers a much more welcoming space as well as kitchen facilities for coffee mornings and other social occasions.
The society has adopted the Lions protocol, which alerts emergency services to medical information which could prove vital in the event of any sudden illness or accident, all staff have been trained to First Aid at Work Level 3, and great attention has been paid to scam awareness for tenants through working with Friends Against Scams and Norfolk Against Scams Partnership. They're also proud to celebrate Lanchester Court becoming Norfolk's 200th and largest No Cold Calling Zone, having worked with Norfolk County Council and Trading Standards to provide support to residents there.
They encourage community spirit, and society tenants have shown great energy and generosity supporting Marie Charles (whose mother lives in at Eleanor Road) to run her first London Marathon, and Rosie Hodgson (whose grandmother lives at Lanchester Court) to receive her specialist chair which allows her to compete in powerchair football at the highest level.
Anyone interested in renting a home from Norwich Housing Society can register their interest at www.norwichhousingsociety.org or by phoning their office on 01603 625078. Applicants must have a need to move, have no pets and not be in a financial position where they can afford to purchase their own retirement property, they do not need to reside in Norfolk. Homes will be allocated in accordance with housing need and to those over the age of 60.