Apex Housing Association is celebrating the success of its housing with care schemes following a win at a prestigious national awards ceremony in Manchester this week. Brookhill House in Coleraine won a Gold Award at the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards, being one of just nine Gold winners from across the UK and the only one from Northern Ireland.
Marion Tasker-Lynch, Scheme Manager at Brookhill, was also announced as a ‘National Hero’ at the awards ceremony in recognition of her significant contribution to the quality of life in Brookhill; with staff, residents and volunteers all nominating Marion for the award.
Marion Tasker-Lynch from Brookhill House commented: “Tenants, staff, families and friends of Brookhill are all delighted to hear that we won this prestigious award. Tenants take great pride in Brookhill, a place they call home. The ‘National Hero Award’ would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the support and dedication of my staff.”
The awards, now in their ninth year, celebrate the best specialist housing for older people. This year, two other Apex schemes were also recognised by the Elderly Accommodation Council winning Gold and Silver awards in the Northern Ireland housing with care categories. Killowen House in Coleraine won a regional Gold award, with St Julian’s House in Omagh receiving a regional Silver award.
Deirdre Walker, Director of Supported Living at Apex Housing Association, commented: “It is fantastic to see our schemes and staff recognised for the exceptional care and support they provide to older people. I’m especially delighted for the staff of Brookhill House on their national award as it’s a wonderful acknowledgement of the effort they put in on a daily basis, often going above and beyond, for the older people in their care.”
John Galvin, EAC’s Chief Executive, explained the importance of the awards: “Specialist housing for older people plays an enormously significant role in helping them stay independent for longer. The security, support and great communities have a positive impact on individuals and reduce the need for NHS services.”