Apex Schemes Shortlisted for National Award
Apex’s two schemes for older people in Coleraine have been shortlisted in the prestigious UK wide Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards 2017.
Killowen House and Brookhill House are two of 31 schemes to have been nominated for a top prize out of the almost 25,000 retirement housing developments nationwide.
Two other Apex schemes: Abbey House in Derry~ Londonderry and Mulvey House in Strabane have also been commended in the awards.
The awards, now in their 7th year, celebrate the best specialist housing for older people, and aim to help shape the future of housing in later life through engaging over ten thousand residents, staff, visitors and volunteers who were all able to vote for their favourite scheme out of the 1,180 nominated between 15 November 2016 and 28 February 2017.
John Galvin, EAC’s Chief Executive, explained the importance of the awards: “Specialist housing for older people plays an enormously significant role in helping them stay independent for longer. The security, support and great communities have a positive impact on individuals and reduce the need for NHS services.”
Brenda Cunningham, Manager of Killowen House said:
“We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award as it indicates that tenants, their families and visitors are really happy with the scheme.”
Len Boland, tenant of Killowen echoed Brenda’s enthusiasm:
“I’m so pleased to hear that Killowen and Brookhill have been shortlisted in these awards. I really enjoy living here and it’s great to see that the EAC awards recognise that it’s among the very best there is!”
The EAC Awards will be celebrated at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham on 16th May 2017 where the bronze, silver and gold awards winners will be announced.