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Extra Care Scheme officially opened in Marple

Posted 10 July 2017   |   By Verity Calderbank

Birch Court, Marple is Stockport Homes’ first extra care scheme, and has recently undergone investment works of £180,000.

On Friday 7 July, residents and guests celebrated the completion of the works, and Birch Court was officially opened by The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Walter Brett and Mrs Maureen Brett and William Wragg MP.

The refurbishment scheme, completed by local contractors; Jackson and Jackson, included works to the building fabric, individual flats and communal areas including improvements to the large communal lounge for residents to facilitate a more modern and welcoming look and the installation of bathing facilities. The scheme also benefits from two conservatories, a catering standard kitchen, passenger lifts and a welcoming reception area for visitors.


Robin Burman, Chair of Stockport Homes’ Board said, “The extra care scheme has a wealth of facilities to enable people to have the support that they need in comfortable surroundings in the heart of the community. The investment works reflect our approach to ensuring we have suitable accommodation to allow people to continue living independently, while offering onsite care support if required. 


Hi Benni, I would advise that you discuss your housing situation with our Homechoice team who can be contacted on 0161 217 6016 or email


I am on ESA due to mental and physical, long term health issues. I am unable to ever work. They award points for people who work, volunteer, or are in training. I cannot do any of those, so people who ARE able bodied get more points that I do.
I do get medical points but I still have nowhere near enough total points to ever get rehoused; I have been bidding for two years and at least thirty people are in front of me every week. I am probably never going to get rehoused. It is not as if Im being overly fussy about properties; I cannot go for stairs for example.

I even had a wonderful doctors letter saying that my current home is no longer suitable and also making me more ill, and I only got a measly 10 points. It is unfair that people who CANNOT work or volunteer get less points than those who CAN. I am a clean, quiet and decent middle aged woman, non smoker, no pets or children. I had landlords sing my praises in the past yet this counts for nothing. I also have the most excellent references, yet I am stuck with terrible neighbours and two flights of stairs that I can no longer manage; with no chance of ever getting out. I cannot afford private either as the shortfall in rent is out of my reach.

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