The Edward Mayes Trust was pleased to welcome The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to open the newly refurbished properties at Whitelegg Almshouse Charity in Sale on 8th February 2018.
The bungalows were recently refurbished during last year and all residents have since moved back into their homes and the feedback has been very positive.
In 2015, the Trust was invited by Trafford Council and the Almshouse Association to discuss how the Whitelegg Almshouse Charity in Ashton upon Mersey could be refurbished to provide good quality, affordable homes for the residents and help secure the long-term future of the properties.
Working in Partnership with Homes England, formerly the Homes and Communities Agency, a successful application for affordable housing grant was made to supplement a generous loan from the Almshouse Association to help refurbish the 4 bungalows. These funds enabled the properties to be refurbished and remodelled and following consultation with the residents, a design was agreed upon. The works began in May 2017 and included things such as:
· Creating a new entrance to each bungalow which allowed for the bungalows to be remodelled internally;
· Improved accessibility to the bungalows with ramped access to the front doors;
· Providing modern open plan living rooms and kitchens;
· Providing wet rooms to assist residents with personal care; and
· Complete refurbishment of the bungalows.
Paul Harrison from The Edward Mayes Trust said “Although the project was only small in comparison to others it highlighted how crucial positive partnerships are and how they can make vital differences to communities. Solutions to difficult issues were overcome and the longer term future of the properties has been secured .”
Andy Burnham Said “It was great to meet the residents and trustees of Sale’s refurbished Almshouses in Ashton upon Mersey on Thursday, February 8.
“I want to see more affordable homes but also homes where older people can live independently, within their communities, right across Greater Manchester. It’s testament to all the partners involved in this project that they have been able to deliver something in keeping with that vision while also securing the future of these historic buildings.
“I would like to thank The Edward Mayes Trust, Trafford Council, Homes England, the Almshouse Association and the Whitelegg Almshouse Charity for inviting me along to see the end result of all their hard work.”
The Edward Mayes Trust is an Almshouse Charitable Trust which provides affordable homes and support to older people in the Greater Manchester area.