Investing in our communities so we can all continue to help each other.

One of the few bright points of the recent difficult times is the obvious strength we have in our communities.

We can all be proud of how our town has pulled together to look after our most vulnerable neighbours.

Whether it’s been community efforts to provide food for struggling families when the government failed to step up, or neighbours looking in on one another, we all know moving stories about local generosity. We have watched friends and families pulling together, neighbours and whole streets supporting each other.

So many people are doing all that can be done to support and protect our most vulnerable residents.

To further strengthen the community, we are doing even more to support some of the people who have been most isolated in the pandemic – older people in sheltered accommodation.

The council’s housing provider Cheltenham Borough Homes is converting and refurbishing the communal areas in two sheltered housing schemes for older people. People living in Popes Close in the town centre and Coopers Court in Charlton Kings will benefit from these schemes.

These new facilities will boost the health and well-being of residents and reduce isolation, which is vital to help older people. The new facilities will offer a range of activities, including IT equipment, services and therapies as well as memory café, a multi-sensory area, kitchens for lunch clubs, and gardens with sensory planting beds and seating.

Cheltenham Borough Homes would like to offer a more diverse and dynamic service by opening up these new hubs to the wider community, helping to integrate sheltered housing into the surrounding areas and encouraging socialising among older people (when the pandemic restrictions are over).  This will build on the successes of our other older peoples’ community hubs at Wallace house in Hatherley and at Lynworth Court in Oakley.

This community project is another key part of our investment across Cheltenham, building on our programme of £180million investment in homes.  We know that in these tough times people need more support – we are doing all we can to meet the challenge.

- Councillor Peter Jeffries

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