€1.4m housing scheme for elderly opens
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.