08 Nov 2023

Tenants and staff from McNeill Court in Larne joined staff from Choice Housing to mark the 30th anniversary of the sheltered living scheme. The development, located in the heart of Larne town provides 44 self-contained one-bedroom apartments, which includes mobility and wheelchair standard properties.

Opened in 1993 by then Minister of State Robert Atkins MP, the scheme has been a vital social housing provision for the Larne area, particularly supporting older people to live safely and independently in their own home.

Situated in the Main Street in Larne, the sheltered living scheme is close to a wide range of local amenities including shops, cafes, restaurants, a health centre, pharmacy, post office, a number of churches as well as, a library and leisure centre. Tenants at McNeill Court enjoy many activities as part of their sheltered living provision including weekly coffee mornings, bingo, scheme outings and arts and crafts.

Choice Housing Manager Cathy Doyle said,

“It is great to be able to mark these types of anniversaries with our colleagues, tenants, and their families. A priority for Choice is the integration of our housing into every community in which we develop – becoming part of the community rather than just another building.  A key element of our sheltered housing provision is the option of interaction and social activities, which many tenants value as part of their  physical and mental wellbeing. Alongside the range of activities offered throughout the year, a number of tenants have also recently availed of training, completing a course on how to use the defibrillator located at the scheme.”

 The popular development is one of the longest-established sheltered living schemes owned by Choice and continues to provide a thriving community in the heart of Larne for tenants to enjoy.