School pupils join Rapport Housing & Care to officially open extra care housing scheme

Zach Miles, Anne Lisa, Carol’s mother, Carol and Jemima

Guests gathered at Rosewell House Extra Care Housing Scheme in Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge on Thursday 18th January, to celebrate the launch of the show flat.


Anne Lisa and Jemima, year 8 pupils at Weald of Kent Grammar School who chose the name for the scheme, joined Carol Cox, who has reserved the first apartment, alongside guests of Rapport Housing & Care, to celebrate the opening of the flat.


Rapport Housing & Care Chairman, Zach Miles, welcomed everyone and presented Carol with a key, before guests browsed the flat and sampled refreshments, provided by Catering Academy, recently appointed as the scheme’s caterers.


Scheduled for completion in May, Rosewell House will comprise 59 one and two-bedroom apartments, 35 available through affordable rent and 24 to purchase through Older Person’s Shared Ownership. Residents can remain independent whilst utilising excellent communal facilities including a restaurant, hair salon & therapy room, club room and landscaped gardens to name a few.


In his opening speech, Zach Miles, Chair of Rapport Housing & Care said: “As well as Rosewell House, we are developing new extra care housing schemes in Larkfield and Wateringbury. All of our new schemes will contain affordable apartments, through rent and shared ownership, in addition to a small number of market sale units. So, we are certainly doing our bit to contribute to the housing market for over 55s, whilst ensuring all that we do is in line with our core values and chartable ethos.”


Extra care housing schemes enable over 55s to live independently in their own home, whilst benefiting from varying levels of care and support. To be considered for extra care housing, residents must be over 55 with a minimum care and/or support need of 3.5 hours per week.


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