£8.9m development for older people unveiled

£8.9m development for older people unveiled

£8.9m development for older people unveiled – Extra care facility in Newark officially opened on the 24 April 2018

A PIONEERING development providing much-needed housing for older people with additional support needs has been officially opened in Newark.

Gladstone House, a state-of-the-art scheme in Lord Hawke Way, off Bowbridge Road, has 60 purpose-built units over three levels, including 40 extra care apartments. Facilities include communal areas, rooms designated for activities, a sensory garden and commercial kitchen. 

Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark and Sherwood Homes and Homes England have worked in partnership to deliver the flagship £8.9million development.

Social care and health partners were involved in the design of the project from the outset to co-locate social and health care services alongside quality accommodation.

The scheme includes advanced assistive technology to reduce care costs and prolong residents’ independence, including state-of-the-art toilets, and deals with issues of isolation with extensive community facilities.

Extra care units allow older personswho would otherwise need long-term residential care, to live as independently as possible with the reassurance of support with care when needed with care staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week . This contemporary style of independent supported living, aims to reduce moves in to residential care, minimise hospital admissions and speed up hospital discharges.  Providing a high quality of life for tenants and maximising the use of the public pound. There are also  eight assessment apartments to  enable early discharge from hospital, thus supporting the wider health agenda to minimise hospital admissions and speed up hospital discharges. 

The Council’s housing management company, Newark & Sherwood Homes, provide housing support to all residents at the scheme complementing the extra care provision.

Councillor Roger Blaney, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This excellent housing complex provides superb accommodation for residents needing additional support and is very much part of the district council’s ambitious plans for housing growth.

“We will continue to work hard to deliver new, affordable housing to meet the needs of residents across the district. The district has an ageing population evidenced through our housing register which is a key influence in terms of the housing that is provided.

“This project also demonstrates the real value of working in partnership, which has enabled us to maximise funding opportunities, in meeting the district council’s strategic objectives.”

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “We want to offer older persons who have support needs in Nottinghamshire as much choice as possible and extra care is a realistic alternative to residential care as it offers residents the on-site support they need whilst providing a home environment with kitchen and bathroom facilities.

“I’m delighted we have a brand new extra care scheme in the heart of Newark which has been supported by the County Council as part of our plan to increase ‘housing with care’ places in the county.” 

Rebecca Rance, chief executive at Newark and Sherwood Homes said: “As the District Council’s housing management company and the project manager for the delivery of Gladstone House it is responsible for the ongoing management of the property and supporting tenants in their new homes. We are pleased that it has been delivered to such a high standard, on time and on budget. We are delighted to have welcomed the first tenants and we look forward to providing excellent services to tenants in their new homes.”

Caroline Cormack, Head of Homes Ownership and Supply for the Midlands for Homes England, said: “We’re pleased to have been able to fund Gladstone House, helping older people in Newark through the delivery of high quality new homes and the associated facilities to help them to continue to live independently.”

Contractors Henry Boot Construction officially started work on the site in August 2016. The scheme is the result of a successful bid for £1.5m of funding from the Department of Health’s Extra Care and Support Programme, administered by Homes England, and funding from both councils as well as Newark and Sherwood Homes.

Tony Shaw, Operations Director with Henry Boot Construction, said: “We are proud to have been involved in this important development, working collaboratively with all involved to design and create an exceptional extra care housing facility that will benefit the community for years to come.”

Gladstone House is next to the new Newark Sports and Fitness Centre and close to the site for the YMCA’s proposed new pioneering sports and community village which will engage residents through a variety of sport activity programmes and facilities to improve health and wellbeing. Other land close by has been earmarked for market housing through the district council’s new development company. 

New Plans to protect communities from flooding

New Plans to protect communities from flooding

New Plans to protect communities from flooding – Latest plans to help protect residents in a number of flood-risk communities in Nottingahms from future flooding of their homes and business have been endorsed by County Councillors.

The publication of a new public register which lists structures and features which could have an impact should flooding strike, also got the go ahead at the Communities and Place Committee.

More than £6.4 million of external funding investment is available to support the Council’s main capital programme for flood protection schemes.  £1.2 million of this from the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Report Committee Local Levy, to which the Council contributes £276,000 each year, with £5.2 million from Flood Defence Grant in Aid as well as other considerable investment from Districts and other agencies.

Councillor John Cottee, Communities and Place Committee Chairman said:

 “The County Council, as a lead local flood authority, has been working hard to develop and promote schemes to protect properties from flooding in dozens of our towns and villages as we know flooding devastates lives.

“We of course have to prioritise high-risk flood locations where schools, businesses and those most vulnerable to flooding.  Often this involves complex flood issues which require very detailed investigative work, hydraulic modelling and longer-term solutions.

“For areas with lower risk, we are working closely with communities to improve resilience to flooding. In fact, working with local residents has been essential in helping improve our knowledge of their area’s needs and gives us more of an appreciation of the issues that they have faced.

“Our ongoing Village Resilience Project aims to give communities a better understanding of flood risk within their areas and how we can give more advice and support on ways individuals can help manage flood risk too.

“Of course, with the heavy rainfall earlier this month, we have also seen some communities which include Woodborough, Edwalton, Hucknall, Beeston, Clarborough, Radcliffe on Trent, Arnold and Normanton-on-soar having to deal with high water levels, affecting  local roads and in more serious cases, such as in Mapperley, Retford and Mansfield, residents’ properties have been affected.

“We are sympathetic to these issues and continue to work closely with key partners such as the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, The Trent Rivers Trust, the National Flood Forum and other local authorities with flood risk management remits to develop solutions for flood protection.”

Councillors agreed to the creation a new public ‘asset register’ listing features in the county area which could have an effect on flood risk, for example, culverts, historic structures, retaining walls. There’s estimated to be around 2,500 of these types of assets.

This register will be updated by the County Council, working with partners. Councillors agreed that the register should be jointly published as a combined county and city register in conjunction with Nottingham City Council.

Current schemes on flood prevention include:

Southwell – A major scheme to help protect up to 450 homes and businesses, which have previously suffered from serious flooding, was announced earlier this year.

The scheme involves £4.6m worth of engineering work to construct new flood defences across the town, due by 2021 and will be complimented by a natural flood management element.

Within the Southwell flood-risk area is the grounds of Lowes Wong Junior School, which is why project officers from Nottinghamshire County Council will be work closely with the school.  Pupils will be learning more about natural flood management which is where features such as ponds and trees are utilised to help store, absorb or slow down flood water.

Head teacher at Lowes Wong School, Mike Follon said he was pleased the school site would be part of the project. He said: “This will be an exciting educational opportunity for the children to learn more about their environment and a chance for the school to play an even more important part in the local community.”

Daybrook (Upper area)

£99,000 Local Levy funding is being invested over two years. Initial investigation work started in March 2018 to help find ways for this complex network of assets and features in the area to operate more efficiently to ultimately reduce flood risk.  A final report is expected later this summer and will be shared with Nottingham City Council to support their investigations into flood risk in lower Daybrook which falls in the City area.


A property flood resilience scheme worth £47,000 along Manvers Street in Mansfield has been recently completed providing individual protection for eight properties and one business which suffered from flooding in June 2016.


Thoresby Dale – the installation of a new surface water system designed to capture over flows to  reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding to 11 properties was completed last month  Work cost £381,000 was funded by the Local Levy programme.

Titchfield Park Brook – A feasibility study has taken place with funding options currently being considered. A flood risk schemes is planned to start towards the end of this financial year.


A £900k scheme has now been delivered, via Local Levy funding to help protect 45 houses, local community facilities and the village school from flooding.

Please see the details of the full flooding update given at Community and Place committee, held on Thursday 19 April

Veterans Together Network

Veterans Together Network – Nottinghamshire

Veterans Together Network Veterans Together Network Group –

Have you served in the Armed Forces? 

Are you over 65?

By joining the Veterans Together Network we can help you to get involved with projects and activities in your local community. For instance cookery classes, music sessions, gardening and art/history projects where you can create something, commemorate your time in the Armed Forces and share your story with others.

You will also get the opportunity to join our existing well-being groups, develop your own or be sign-posted to community organisations that will meet your needs and open up your social circle. 

By working together, we can help to develop your well-being taking the ‘5 steps to wellbeing’:

  • connect – with people and the community
  • learn – a new skill, hobby, do a community course
  • activity – go walking, cycling, bowling, gardening
  • notice – develop mindfulness, enjoy the moment
  • give – share skills, volunteer, help each other. 

There are over 43,000 Veterans in Nottinghamshire – so let’s get together.


The network is open to veterans and their spouses who are 65 or older.

Join the Network

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Volunteer Opporutnities - Sherwood Forest

Volunteer Opportunities – Sherwood Forest

It’s not often you’ll see an RSPB volunteer advert which lists wearing medieval costume or telling stories about Robin Hood as part of its tasks.

But that’s because Sherwood Forest is a place like no other!

Volunteers are the life-blood of the RSPB, and as such, we know that they’ll help us to make a visit to Sherwood as magical and memorable as possible when we open the doors of our new visitor centre in Summer 2018.

From connecting visitors to nature by talking about the wonderful woodland habitats and the extraordinary lives of the Ancient Oaks to bringing the legend of Robin Hood to life, as well as helping to conserve this precious site for future generations to enjoy – Sherwood Forest will provide a great variety of volunteering roles.

We are undertaking recruitment for volunteers for Sherwood now, and there’s lots of posts to fill. So when we see a way that a volunteer could be supporting the vital work at Sherwood, we’ll set about finding that person or people. You might have a skill or knowledge of the area that you would like to share with us and our visitors, if that’s the case, there could be a role for you too.

Legendary is a word much over-used these days, but when it comes to this magical site, it’s warranted. It’s also rather fitting when talking about the thousands of volunteers who help in our quest to provide a home for nature each and every day.

The RSPB and our partners want to ensure that the legend continues to grow for many more generations to come at Sherwood Forest – if that sounds like something you’d like to be part of, please contact Nadia Archer, nadia.archer@rspb.org.uk to find out more about volunteering roles at Sherwood. Even if you have one day a month to spare, or a few hours here and there, please get in touch.

Volunteer Roles At Sherwood Forest

Is the Grass Greener

Is the Grass Greener? Nottingham named third most affordable city

Nottingham house prices £395,000 cheaper than the capital, as city is named one of the top three locations for first-time buyers

  • New data shows reveals more than 40% of 25-34 year olds living in London will buy their first home outside of the capital, citing the city’s cost of living as the main reason
  • An additional 6% of Londoners said they would move for a better quality of life
  • Nottingham named as the third most affordable city for first-time buyers, average house price £128,192.
  • Nottingham safer and more affordable in living standards compared to London

Move to Nottingham and spend £395,000 less on buying your home when compared to London prices, according to data collected by Online Mortgage Advisor.

Online Mortgage Advisor has created a city comparison tool called “Is The Grass Greener?”, which uses government data, national statistics and Zoopla listings to help users find the cost and quality of living in UK cities or London boroughs.

Nottingham’s first time buyers were revealed to be £272,000 better off than those in Lambeth –  a London borough with a demographic predominantly in its 30s –  as well as making a 30p saving per pint.

According to recent data from Post Office Money, Nottingham has 89% of its property at an ‘affordable price’ compared to London’s 30%.

As well as its affordable housing, Nottingham scored a 60.59 safety rating, beating London’s 53.65. Fuel is cheaper by 1.35p a litre as well as pints being 30p cheaper on average, as revealed by the comparison tool.

Online Mortgage Advisor has also conducted a survey into the sentiment of the capital’s young residents, and found that one in three Londoners (41%) will buy their first home outside of the Big Smoke.

The cost of living was the main reason cited by 27% of respondents, who believe that it would be too expensive to purchase their first property in the city.

A further 6% of 25-34 year olds said they would put roots down elsewhere to give themselves and any future family a better quality of life. Another 8% of the 2,007 participants plan to move out of the capital for “other reasons”.

Discounting the 42% of residents who answered “I haven’t thought about this yet” the results were even stronger –  a total of 74% said they will buy their first home outside of London for one of the above reasons.

However, one in ten people surveyed said their love for the city would keep them there, and 4% cited “other reasons” as the main factor for staying in the capital.

David Bird, a director at Online Mortgage Advisor, who commissioned the survey, said: “The stats from this survey evidence the sentiment that we’ve recognised in our own customers over the past couple of years. The number of first-time buyers coming to us with enquiries about mortgages on properties outside the capital is on the rise, and we expect to see this continue as more and more people consider themselves to be priced out of London and start considering regional cities such as Nottingham.

“In light of these results, we’ve created a tool called Is The Grass Greener?, which compares every single UK city as well as London boroughs, to help first-time buyers discover where they can get the most for their money and a quality of life that suits them. We’ve analysed both government data and national statistics on a number of factors including house price, crime rate, schooling standards and even the price of a pint!”

Aaron Cambden, owner of Fairview Estates – a Nottingham based estate and lettings agent –  said:

“While it’s affordable for first time buyers, the Nottingham property market remains competitive – especially in the city centre – and we therefore see the majority of first time buyers looking to purchase properties in the surrounding countryside.

“Areas such as Radcliffe-on-Trent and Bingham are growing in popularity – with first time buyers wanting to be as close to West Bridgford as possible – but this also means that these areas are growing in price, too. Carlton and Sneinton are also on the more affordable end of the spectrum.

“First time buyers can get even more for their money by buying on the outskirts of Nottingham – a property of the same specifications and built by the same developer is £70,000 cheaper in East Leake than in Edwalton, for example.

“Fortunately Nottingham has fantastic public transport, which makes it easy for first time buyers to make a daily commute into the city centre for both work and play.”



Become a Personal Assistant

Become a Personal Assistant – Make a difference

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Personal assistants (PAs) are employed to help people who need social care and health or health care support, either because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible in their home.

Apply to become a personal assistant.

PAs can help carry out a wide range of tasks including:

  • personal care such as helping someone get washed and dressed
  • health related tasks
  • cleaning and housework
  • shopping services
  • preparing meals
  • leisure and recreation activities
  • helping someone to get involved in their local community
  • supporting someone at their work.

Working as a personal assistant can be rewarding, challenging and varied as well as offering flexible working patterns to suit your other commitments.

Personal assistants can be employed directly by one employer, or they can work for a number of different employers. They can also work as part of a team of PAs who are employed by and supporting an individual. People who employ PAs are either in receipt of a Personal Budget (Local Authority), Personal Health Budget (NHS) or pay privately (self-funding).

For more information about being a PA visit Skills for Care – Being a PA.

If you are interested in becoming a PA, you can apply to join our Support with Confidence scheme.

Looking for a personal assistant

If you are looking for support for yourself then visit our I’m looking for a personal assistant page.

Shared Lives

If you are interested in caring for someone in your own home, find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer.