Prize winning care provider

Staff at a housing scheme for older people are celebrating after scooping a prestigious national award for their outstanding commitment to care.

The award has been given to staff at Waltham House extra care scheme in St John Street, Wirksworth, who excelled in The Great British Care Awards.

The staff – who work for not-for-profit housing provider Housing 21 – were victorious in the Housing With Care category.

Chris Betts, spokesman for Waltham House, said: “We’ve been finalists a few times before so it feels absolutely fantastic to win.

“I think it is down to our passionate approach and our efforts to involve the local community with our work that won it for us.”

At the award ceremony – which was held in London last month – judges commented how impressed they were with the team’s enthusiasm and the ‘masses of ideas’ they had for improvements and fund-raising.

They added that the enjoyment and commitment staff have for the development of relationships with tenants and the wider community was ‘exciting and outstanding’.

Waltham House opened in 2008 and is a partnership between Housing 21, Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

The development is aimed at older people who can live independently yet still benefit from the 24-hour care that is available on site.

Waltham House has a range of facilities for residents such as communal lounges and gardens, as well as a restaurant, hair salon, IT suites and community rooms – which are all available to the wider community.

Councillor Charles Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “Waltham House offers five-star accommodation, care and support to its residents and its success in the Great British Care Awards is well deserved.”