First Minister sees positive impact of Supporting People funding at Bangor Scheme
First Minister, Arlene Foster MLA witnessed the positive impact of Supporting People funding during a visit to Montgomery Court and Manor on Wednesday 17th August. The Bangor scheme contains a mix of apartments and bungalows for people over the age of 60.
During a meeting with the DUP Leader, staff and board members pressed the need for a 10% increase in the Supporting People budget, highlighting the critical role it plays in supporting vulnerable adults.
Welcoming the First Minister to Montgomery Court, our Chairman, Eileen Askham said: “Often, the public image of sheltered housing is that it is some form of nursing or residential care home, however, this is not the case. Here at Montgomery Court we provide self-contained accommodation for people over the age of 60 who can live independently but with a little support. That support is provided by scheme managers when on duty and by the Fold Telecare Helpline when the manager is not available or off duty. Sheltered Housing helps to address the 21st century problems of isolation, loneliness, inactivity, lack of stimulation, insecurity and general health and wellbeing amongst our older population.”
The First Minister visited a tenant in her apartment in the Manor and a couple in their bungalow in the Court. The First Minister also met with the two Scheme Managers, whose roles are part funded through Supporting People and saw the vital support they provide in enabling tenants to retain their independence while continuing to live in their own homes.
The First Minister planted a tree in the garden to mark her visit before joining the tenants in the common room for afternoon tea.
Speaking during the visit, First Minister Arlene Foster MLA said, “it is clear that there is a really friendly, family atmosphere amongst the people who live here and it is lovely to be able to sit down and have a chat with the residents. I really enjoyed taking a stroll down memory lane and hearing the memories of the local area in days gone by was fascinating”