Jewish Care's £12m hous­ing de­vel­op­ment

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY JC REPORTER HEN­DON

JEWISH CARE is on track to open its sec­ond North-West Lon­don in­de­pen­dent liv­ing scheme this year and has opened a reg­is­ter of in­ter­est for those con­sid­er­ing hous­ing with care and sup­port on hand.

The £12 mil­lion Hen­don Wohl Court will be on the site of the char­ity’s for­mer Ella and Ri­d­ley Ja­cobs home — and the ad­ja­cent Sam Beck­man Day Cen­tre — which were de­mol­ished last year.

Jewish Care con­sid­ered that the lo­ca­tion, close to shops and in the heart of the Jewish com­mu­nity, made it ideal for self-con­tained apart­ments for older peo­ple. The de­vel­op­ment will in­cor­po­rate 16 one- and 16 two-bed­room apart­ments for the 60-plus and the first ten­ants are ex­pected to move in at the end of 2018. Rents will be in line with the lo­cal mar­ket and there will also be some “af­ford­able hous­ing” flats for those on state ben­e­fits.

As with all the char­ity’s cap­i­tal pro­jects, there is no con­tri­bu­tion from gov­ern­ment and the Hen­don scheme is be­ing funded by a “gen­er­ous do­na­tion” from the Wohl Foun­da­tion, along­side a bank loan.

There has been a long wait­ing list for Jewish Care’s orig­i­nal in­de­pen­dent liv­ing de­vel­op­ment, Selig Court on the char­ity’s Gold­ers Green cam­pus, since it opened in 2010. It com­prises 45 one­and two-bed­room apart­ments, eight of which are for so­cial rent.

At Selig Court, pri­or­ity is given to Holo­caust sur­vivors and refugees. This will not be the case in Hen­don.

In a re­cent Jewish com­mu­nity sur­vey, 40 per cent of re­spon­dents aged 65 and above said their care pref­er­ence was for in­de­pen­dent liv­ing with ac­cess to sup­port.

Such apart­ments en­able cou­ples to con­tinue to live to­gether and re­ceive the sup­port and care they re­quire for their dif­fer­ent needs. They are not suit­able for peo­ple who re­quire round-the­clock care from the out­set.

Jewish Care chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Mor­ris said the de­vel­op­ment was part “of our build­ing for the fu­ture strat­egy. The de­mand for in­de­pen­dent liv­ing is grow­ing. Hen­don Wohl Court will help us meet the high de­mand from the com­mu­nity for this new model of hous­ing and care. As we have ex­pe­ri­enced in Gold­ers Green, wait­ing lists for these apart­ments can grow quickly. If you or a fam­ily mem­ber is in­ter­ested, con­tact us sooner rather than later.”

The char­ity is plan­ning fur­ther in­de­pen­dent liv­ing pro­jects in Stan­more and Red­bridge.

There is grow­ing de­mand for this model of care’

Si­mon Mor­ris at the Hen­don site this week

How the ex­te­rior and (below) in­te­rior will look

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