AN elderly persons' housing scheme in Kingsmead has won a top prize at the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) awards, which recognise examples of outstanding care across the country

Anderton Place, which is located in Sandbach Drive in Kingsmead and overlooks the River Weaver, won the silver prize in the North West Regional Awards in the ‘Housing with Care’ category.

The awards celebrate the best specialist housing for older people. They aim to help shape the future of housing in later life through engaging 19,000 residents, staff, visitors and volunteers, who were all able to vote for their favourite scheme out of the 1,220 nominated.

John Galvin, EAC’s Chief Executive said: “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.”

Anderton Place is an over 55s scheme, with 58 homes. There are a range of activities at the scheme, including regular speakers, community activities and walking groups. There is also an onsite bistro, which members of the public can enjoy.

Nadine Thornton, Guinness Extra Care Manager at Anderton Place, said: “It’s great to see that Guinness’s Anderton Place has been recognised as one of the best schemes in the country. We do everything we can to ensure that our customers are engaged and Guinness works closely with the local community. We are thrilled to have won this award as it means that staff, residents and visitors are all really happy at Anderton Place. The award is a real credit to the team.”

Overall national award winners will be announced on May 21.