Family and friends joined residents and staff of Choice Housing’s Sheltered Housing Scheme Donal Casey Court, Derry~Londonderry on Wednesday, to mark their 20th anniversary.
The Sheltered Scheme, first opened in May 1998 by former SDLP leader John Hume. The development comprises 61 self – contained apartments units in total, 30 of which are sheltered and 31 are suited to those with general needs.
The celebration event was also used to showcase the £400,000 revamp of the scheme. With the help of the residents, combined with the hard work of AMS Construction, Chris O’Rourke, Sean McGoldrick, TJ Rice and VB Evans, Choice Housing were able to upgrade the building to ensure the continued high standard tenants expect of their homes.
Michael McDonnell, Group Chief Executive Choice said:
“We are thrilled to reach this significant milestone for Donal Casey Court which has offered a safe haven for our tenants in the area for the last 20 years.
“At Choice we are committed ensuring that our tenants voices are heard, especially when it comes to decisions that are made that impact their homes and lives. We were pleased to be able to invest in refurbishing Donal Casey Court, with such a positive contribution from tenants. The renovation project ensures the scheme continues to cater for the needs of both the tenants and the community as a whole. Celebrating 20 years in the area is a testament to how the tenants have responded to the scheme and how we as an organisation are committed to ensuring its longevity”.
The scheme, which is only a couple of miles from the city of Derry~Londonderry, offers tenants secure living with independence. Life at Donal Casey Court is lived to the full with sports, retails and other amenities nearby.
Carol Ervine, Group Director of Tenant and Client Services:
“Consistency in support is very important for all of our schemes and our scheme co-ordinator Mary Duffy, who has been with Donal Casey for the last eight years provides this consistency in support to tenants, making them feel safe and secure, knowing support is there when they need it”.
The popular development is one of the longest-established sheltered living schemes owned by Choice, which has more than 20 years’ experience of providing housing and support services for older people.