€1.4m hous­ing scheme for el­derly opens

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilíni Quin­lan

A €1.4 mil­lion hous­ing scheme for the el­derly in Ban­don, com­pris­ing nine state-of-theart homes, has been of­fi­cially opened by Jim Daly, the Min­is­ter of State for Men­tal Health and Older Peo­ple. The Ban­don Geri­atric and Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (BGCC), known lo­cally as St Michael’s Cen­tre, of­fi­cially opened its newly-con­structed hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at Av­enue Grove, Bal­ly­moden Place last Fri­day.

Ten­ants were al­ready in situ, hav­ing moved into their new one-bed­roomed homes over last May and June.

The BGCC, which pro­vides a range of ser­vices for the el­derly in Ban­don and sur­round­ing ar­eas, such as Meals on Wheels, vis­i­ta­tion ser­vices and Care Ring, a pop­u­lar tele­phone con­tact ser­vice, also works in the pro­vi­sion of ac­com­mo­da­tion for the el­derly.

Av­enue Grove com­prises nine self-con­tained houses which pro­vide an in­de­pen­dent liv­ing to res­i­dents.

BGCC Chair­per­son, John Hur­ley, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was de­lighted to pro­vide the new homes for older peo­ple in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cork County Coun­cil and the Depart­ment of Hous­ing.

Mr Hur­ley high­lighted the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s long his­tory in pro­vid­ing care and sup­port ser­vices for the more vul­ner­a­ble in the Ban­don area and said the of­fi­cial open­ing marked a his­toric mile­stone in the work car­ried out at St Michael’s Cen­tre.

The Mayor of Cork County, Cllr Patrick Ger­ard Mur­phy, wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment as “the first CAS project to start con­struc­tion in the county for a num­ber of years”.

Min­is­ter Daly paid trib­ute both to Ban­don Geri­atric and Com­mu­nity Coun­cil for bring­ing the project to fruition and to Cork County Coun­cil for work­ing to­gether with the lo­cal vol­un­tary hous­ing body to ad­vance what he de­scribed as a “beau­ti­ful scheme in the heart of Ban­don”.

The new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment for the el­derly at Av­enue Grove in Ban­don.

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