Residents and staff mark 25 years of helping people in need
Hostel party inspires fond memories
FORMER tenants of temporary accommodation in Chesham joined current staff and residents at a party to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Tom Scott House, in Pearce Road, Chesham, is run by Paradigm Housing Group and provides temporary accommodation for families and people in need.
It was built in 1990 and provides 18 self-contained flats for people on the Chiltern District Council homeless register.
One of the former residents attending the party was Sarah Rowbottom, who now works as a voids and lettings co-ordinator for Paradigm.
She moved into Tom Scott House in 1992 and lived there for five months with her two young children.
She said: “When I was told I was going to be moved into a hostel, I felt sick.
“However, when I saw the flat I was shocked. I couldn’t believe I had my own bathroom and my own front door, with a letter box!
“I made friends for life at Tom Scott House, living there did wonders for me.”
And Ms Rowbottom, who now lives in a Paradigm home of her own, added: “I will be eternally grateful for Tom Scott House.”
Another former resident Sharon McEwan was also full of praise for the support she received at Tom Scott House.
She said: “I’ve since worked as a town councillor and worked with Paradigm to improve the Beechcroft Road estate in Chesham and build a community centre there.”
Paradigm’s housing officer for Tom Scott House Gill Bevan, who organised the party to celebrate the 25th anniversary, said: “It was so lovely to see some of the people who lived
MILESTONE: Former tenants and staff of temporary accommodation Tom Scott House in Chesham joined current staff and residents at a party to celebrate its 25th anniversary here years ago, after going through difficult times, coming back having made a success of their lives.
“Tom Scott House remains as important today as when it first opened as temporary accommodation for the many people and families that pass through it on their way to permanent accommodation and transforming their lives.”
An important memory for former residents was the warden Bertie McCulloch who worked at Tom Scott House for 20 years.
Me McCulloch sent a message from his home in Northern Ireland.
It read: “My time at Tom Scott was wonderful.
“The majority of the residents had fallen by the wayside through no fault of their own and I can only hope I helped them on their way to recovery.
“I still visit Chesham and love nothing more than walking down the high street and meeting old friends, they all shake my hand and some of these people were only children when they were in there.”