Res­i­dents and staff mark 25 years of help­ing peo­ple in need

Hos­tel party inspires fond mem­o­ries

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

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