Sheltered vacancies

Aberdeenshire Council operates a number of sheltered housing complexes across the area to provide housing support to older people.

Residents are supported by a team of sheltered housing officers and facilities often include a shared lounge for social activities, laundry facilities and a guest bedroom.

Whilst sheltered housing places are highly sought after and often subject to a waiting list, there are some vacancies available in a number of areas, including Laurencekirk.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Housing and Social Work Committee Councillor Karen Clark said: “Sheltered housing offers a safe and supported living environment for older people whilst enabling them to retain a sense of independence. Aberdeenshire Council is delighted to offer vacancies at a number of sheltered housing complexes in the area.”

For more information on any of these vacancies contact Aberdeenshire Council on 08456 081 203 or contact your local housing office, details can be found online at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/offices

New staff arrangements in 63 sheltered housing complexes were introduced earlier this year and a report evaluating the changes was discussed by members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Housing and Social Work Ritchie Johnson set the scene for members who debated the changes and the evaluation report.

The director explained that the new model of housing support for around 1,500 tenants was approved last year by councillors and takes account of Scottish Government policies around supporting older people to remain independent.

The local authority has been working closely with tenants, staff and trades unions throughout the process to engage people in the changes and the reasons for change.

Councillor Dave Stewart raised the issue of consistency in sheltered housing complexes not run by the council (but by Registered Social Landlords).

A motion was put forward which included that the authority Share findings from the review and changes to sheltered housing with Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) with a view to consistency for all sheltered housing tenants.

The motion was carried by eight votes to six and members supporting the amendment asked for the matter to be referred to a future meeting of full council.