TRAFFORD Housing Trust (THT) has celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its Limelight extra care centre by throwing a party for residents and the community.
The scheme, situated on St Bride’s Way, Old Trafford, provides extra care housing and support for the over-55s and originally opened in December 2017.
To mark the anniversary, THT and the Limelight centre held a Community Christmas & Anniversary party, which hosted Christmas markets, local food vendors, along with activities and crafts such as face painting, live music and a Santa’s Grotto.
“Limelight is more than just a building – it is an amazing, innovative, community health and wellbeing hub, which makes a difference to people’s lives,” said David Teasdale, Limelight’s centre manager. “It allows over 55s to live independently, but with care and support when needed, and to have access to resident only facilities, community services and social activities. We are very proud of Limelight and the homes we have created here.”
Limelight offers apartments for shared ownership and rent, alongside a range of care packages, support, community facilities and social activities for residents. It also has an on-site health hub, library, pharmacy, opticians, hair and beauty hub, café and nursery, which are all open to the public.
In its first year, Limelight has:
- Supported 921 community events – from exercise classes to poetry workshops
- Become home to 69 residents
- Received a massive 2129 hours of support from volunteers
- issued 22,126 books from Old Trafford Library
- Given 40,590 hours of free early years education to local children in Amaryllis Nursery
- Carried out 1,016 eye tests in Eyepad Opticians
- Welcomed over 200 clients in the Limelight hair and beauty hub.
THT’s flagship development also recently won two housing sector awards – Best Older People’s Housing Development and Best Affordable Housing Development.
Main image: David Teasdale from Limelight with Edna Robinson, group chair of Trafford Housing Trust