Abbeyfield Housing Affiliation joins Blackwood

Scottish specialist with 70-year heritage turns into a part of tech pioneer

RESIDENTS in 14 Abbeyfield shared Homes – the place the common age is 88 – have voted overwhelmingly to hitch Blackwood Houses and Care.

A secret poll of 106 Abbeyfield residents earlier this 12 months noticed them vote by a 99% majority to switch to Blackwood.

Now the transfer has been accomplished to change into a part of unbiased residing specialist Blackwood, which is Scotland’s most tech-focused care and housing supplier.

Nance Smith, Chair of Abbeyfield Scotland, mentioned: “After a lot dialogue and specializing in what issues most for our residents, they’ve now obtained an incredible answer for the long run.

“The session was intensive and extremely necessary to our residents, who needed their voices and opinions to be heard. Fortunately, they felt this occurred and have clearly endorsed the transfer on this vote.

“Personally, I’m delighted to see this transfer being finalised, and wish to pay tribute to my colleagues in Abbeyfield for serving to this occur to safe the long run for our residents. The switch will enable extra funding for residents’ properties and improve their companies to assist them reside independently and maintain rents inexpensive.

“In Blackwood we now have discovered an organisation which is completely dedicated to the identical ideas of unbiased residing that Abbeyfield is outlined by. It is a superb match and one that provides each our workers and our residents safety and peace of thoughts for years to return.’’

Each organisations are eminent of their sector, with Abbeyfield having been based nearly 70 years in the past. In the meantime, Blackwood is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is famend for its accessible properties and adoption of expertise to assist folks reside extra independently.

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Julie McDowell, Chair of Blackwood mentioned: “It’s particularly pleasing that the residents themselves accredited this transfer and we’ll ensure that they may keep fortunately of their properties with the workers they clearly worth.

“Like Blackwood, Abbeyfield has a protracted historical past of serving to folks to reside independently and we’re privileged to have the ability to proceed its legacy.

“Our crew actually loved assembly the residents and we sit up for constructing our relationship additional with them and with their workers groups. We’ve had actually good partnership discussions with Abbeyfield’s Board and senior workers to make this occur and I thank them for all the time placing the way forward for residents first.

“We’ll be bringing our companies and expertise to our new clients and 76 new workers members – creating a contemporary unbiased residing mannequin which we imagine might be in nice demand in all of the communities Abbeyfield and Blackwood at present serve.”

Blackwood might be retaining all workers and companies that Abbeyfield residents are accustomed to. Because the inhabitants ages and extra older Scots choose to reside independently, Blackwood’s experience and monetary stability will assist the 14 Abbeyfield Homes to proceed to flourish.

Each organisations are geographically dispersed throughout Scotland. The Abbeyfield Homes in Scotland embrace Nairn, Stonehaven, Greenock, Lockerbie, Coatbridge, Bridge of Allan, and Haddington amongst others. Blackwood operates greater than 1500 homes and three care properties throughout 29 native authorities in Scotland.

Since 1972, Blackwood has supplied accessible properties, geared toward maximising unbiased residing – with innovation in design and expertise being a key driving power.  In addition to celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this 12 months it additionally promoted its Peoplehood programme, working with residents to create neighbourhoods of the long run for unbiased residing.

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For extra data, please go to: https://www.blackwoodgroup.org.uk