Andrew Smith MP, accompanied by local county councillor Val Smith, took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday, 21 September, to officially open the refurbished and improved Frys Court, an extra care housing facility at Greater Leys, Oxford.
A variety of activities took place during the event, including singing for fun, a tai chi class for residents and a cake cutting by Frys Court’s oldest resident, Winnie Cadle, aged 94 years.
Winnie commented: “I have lived at Frys Court for three years and it is the nicest place I have lived in - I am very well cared for and all the staff are always on hand when I need them.
Now the improvements have been made to the inside and to the gardens, I think it is even better here. I am in the gardening club, so am particularly looking forward to enjoying the new garden area. The residents even got to have some input, which was great – we chose the colour scheme that has been used in the refurbished common room and we are all really pleased with it."
The extra care scheme is managed by GreenSquare in partnership with Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.
Martin Mellors, Head of Supported Housing at GreenSquare, said: "We are delighted that this partnership is in place to deliver new and upgraded homes and services and provide residents with a high level of service and care. We hope that all of the Frys Court residents enjoy the new facilities."
County Councillor Arash Fatemian, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet member for Adult Services, added: "This project is part of the county council’s commitment to promoting the independence of older people. The vast majority of people want to live as independently for as long as possible, but to do this you need the support and facilities in place. Extra care facilities like this one mean that people can continue to have their own homes and take advantage of extra help when they need it."