Vinnicombe Court

Retirement housing
Cambridge Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9UB
Cambridge Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9UB

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Managed by
Housing 21
Supporting independence and choice for older people through affordable housing and care.

Housing 21 is a leading national provider of retirement housing and care services for people aged 55 and above.

Manager's Description

"Vinnicombe Court, a modern sheltered housing scheme in a quiet area of Ipswich in Suffolk, contains a mixture 31 apartments and studio flats. Each apartment has a fitted kitchen oven hob fridge freeze..." Show more "Vinnicombe Court, a modern sheltered housing scheme in a quiet area of Ipswich in Suffolk, contains a mixture 31 apartments and studio flats. Each apartment has a fitted kitchen oven hob fridge freezer or fridge, with plenty of storage space. The court is decorated to a high standard and provides a warm welcoming environment with a newly refurbished on suite guest room. There is also a communal lounge and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a range of local amenities all within close proximity and the court is on a local bus route which enables access to further surroundings.

Our Court Manager Service is an important and integral part of Housing & Care 21’s approach to supporting our residents. It is designed to offer support and security to the court and those residents on court who need it. The service is about promoting and encouraging individuals to maintain their independence in their own home.

Our Managers are also responsible for the day to day running of the court including looking after the Health & Safety, property management and resident engagement." Show less

Main Facts

Retirement housing
27 flats. Built in 1975 and renovated in 2012. Sizes studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom. Includes mobility standard properties.
Resident management staff and Careline alarm service
Lift, Lounge, Dining room, Laundry, Guest facilities, Garden
Whole site accessible by wheelchair. Access to site easy. Distances: bus stop 100 yards; shop 0.5 mile(s); post office 0.5 mile(s); town centre 2 mile(s); GP 1 mile(s); social centre 1 mile(s).
Regular Social Activities include: bingo, quiz, meals, outings, wieght loss group, talks and garage sales, organised by Court Manager. New residents accepted from 55 years of age. Both cats & dogs generally accepted, but not to be replaced.
Tenure(s): Rent (social landlord)

Info updated: 25/03/2013   Update info

Availability

Check with Housing 21 - none notified to EAC - Advertise vacancies / sales.

Residents' views

A number of residents have taken part in the EAC National Housing for Older People Awards, or used the EAC Residents Consultation Service (RCS); they have given top marks to this scheme for:
Convenience of the location
Quality of the garden

Comments made in nominations for the EAC National Housing for Older People Awards

"Friendly, good neighbours and a great manageress. There is always something to do, good food and a great atmosphere. "
Made by a resident in 2019

"Very nice place to live, very good selection of people, we have been
Here for over 4.6 year very well run by manager, good selection
Things you can ..." Show more
"Very nice place to live, very good selection of people, we have been
Here for over 4.6 year very well run by manager, good selection
Things you can get involved in if you want but no obligations. Come and go as you please." Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"I have lived at Vinnicombe court for almost 6 years and have loved living in a friendly atmosphere. The residents help each other out and spend time ..." Show more
"I have lived at Vinnicombe court for almost 6 years and have loved living in a friendly atmosphere. The residents help each other out and spend time together socially. I have been able to make changes in the garden which i have enjoyed and the residents encourage me" Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"the manager is very helpful she is someone I could talk to if I have any problems plus it has a good atmosphere"
Made by a resident in 2019

"The warm atmosphere and the friendliness"
Made by a staff member in 2019

"the residents and manager made me feel welcome from day 1 of my employment. There is real community spirit here. Everybody looks out for each other an..." Show more
"the residents and manager made me feel welcome from day 1 of my employment. There is real community spirit here. Everybody looks out for each other and there is always plenty of fun and laughter amongst the residents. This is truly the best place I have worked." Show less

Made by a staff member in 2019

"Every one is friendly and look out for one other. You feel safe ."
Made by a resident in 2019

"The warm relaxed atmosphere. The friendliness and the variety of things to do."
Made by a staff member in 2019

"We moved her on 20th December 2016. We are very happy here; it is such a lovely place we have, a small piece of garden and it is just like being at ho..." Show more
"We moved her on 20th December 2016. We are very happy here; it is such a lovely place we have, a small piece of garden and it is just like being at home. The manager is so helpful." Show less

Made by a resident in 2017

"Makes you feel safe. Very friendly. Have some nice entertainment. No worries. Lesley is a lovely manager."
Made by a resident in 2017

"A very friendly place where residents and court manager with house keeper make this court to be fun. It is one big happy family."
Made by a resident in 2017

"This is a really friendly court. All the residents are very friendly and helpful. Our court manager, Lesley, is so helpful to everybody. She goes the ..." Show more
"This is a really friendly court. All the residents are very friendly and helpful. Our court manager, Lesley, is so helpful to everybody. She goes the extra mile. Lesley organises lots of events, the evening ones in her own time." Show less

Made by a resident in 2017

"Feel very secure. Easy to manage flat. Happy in situation."
Made by a resident in 2017

"Viewing this as a relative I find the court friendly and residents helpful to each other. Always plenty of activities for meeting each other. Lovely g..." Show more
"Viewing this as a relative I find the court friendly and residents helpful to each other. Always plenty of activities for meeting each other. Lovely gardens to sit in and enjoy pottering if preferred." Show less

Made by a visitor in 2017

"Humour, advice (good or bad), argument, help, companionship, socialising, outings, entertainment, tea & cakes pm, what more would you want. A healthy ..." Show more
"Humour, advice (good or bad), argument, help, companionship, socialising, outings, entertainment, tea & cakes pm, what more would you want. A healthy mix. Just open door. Held together by great court manager." Show less

Made by a resident in 2017

"Because I feel safe and am surrounded by nice people. Life is never dull with plenty of activities. We are well looked after and I am far more relaxed..." Show more
"Because I feel safe and am surrounded by nice people. Life is never dull with plenty of activities. We are well looked after and I am far more relaxed and at ease." Show less

Made by a resident in 2017

"Move here 5 years ago; best move I have ever done. People lovely, very good friends and helpful. Great atmosphere. Love it."
Made by a resident in 2017

"I like living here because the people are very nice, and there is a lot going on. The flat is very nice."
Made by a resident in 2017

"Every time I walk in the front door I get the feeling that I am HOME and this is my family. I could never wish to live anywhere else."
Made by a resident in 2017

"Where I was living closed down. I had friends at Vinnicombe Court who recommended it."
Made by a resident in 2017

"It's comfortable with a friendly atmosphere. It's also close to shops; bus stop just outside gate. Manager is someone you can go to if you need someon..." Show more
"It's comfortable with a friendly atmosphere. It's also close to shops; bus stop just outside gate. Manager is someone you can go to if you need someone to talk confidentially." Show less

Made by a resident in 2017

"The high quality manager. My dog had a welcome which was a problem when looking for a new home. Having a regular bus on the doorstep and the garden av..." Show more
"The high quality manager. My dog had a welcome which was a problem when looking for a new home. Having a regular bus on the doorstep and the garden available to relax and cover from my buggy in security, carefully watched, gives peace of mind." Show less

Made by a resident in 2017

"My brother in law lives there and we visit him very often and we find it a very warm and welcoming place; the manageress and residents always make us ..." Show more
"My brother in law lives there and we visit him very often and we find it a very warm and welcoming place; the manageress and residents always make us welcome" Show less

Made by a visitor in 2017

"Great place"
Made by a visitor in 2017

"Its a lovely place to live."
Made by a resident in 2017

"A comfortable home that is well managed."
Made by a resident in 2017

"The manager is very helpful and really cares for everyone needs which in turn makes for a great court"
Made by a visitor in 2017

"Lovely Court manager and lovely residents. Most join in the celebrations, dinners, trips etc."
Made by a resident in 2017

"Its a very friendly happy court with a huge waiting list."
Made by a staff member in 2017
Managed by
Housing 21
Supporting independence and choice for older people through affordable housing and care.

Housing 21 is a leading national provider of retirement housing and care services for people aged 55 and above.

National Housing for Older People Awards
National commended award winner
in the EAC Housing for Older People Awards 2017.
Category: Retirement housing 25-30 units.
Sponsor: .
East of England region silver award winner

Category: Retirement housing 25-30 units.
Sponsor: ARHM.
National gold award winner
in the EAC Housing for Older People Awards 2013.
Category: Lifestyle.
Sponsor: EAC FirstStop Advice.
Memberships
ERoSH: The organisation that manages this scheme is a member of ERoSH, the national consortium for sheltered and retirement housing.
National Care Forum: The organisation that runs this care home is a member of the National Care Forum, whose mission is to promote the benefits of the not-for-profit model of care services provision.
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