Councillors visit Leyburn extra care scheme on fact-finding mission

A cross-party group of North Yorkshire councillors have met with staff at Kirkwood Hall extra care scheme in Leyburn during a fact-finding mission.

Kirkwood, which is run by Broadacres Housing Association, was visited by members of a North Yorkshire Council committee that is tasked with scrutinising care, independence and housing.

The guided tour gave councillors the opportunity to gather information on the ground as part of the committee’s remit to review care services across the county of North Yorkshire.

As well as councillors from the Conservatives, Labour, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats, Dementia Forward CEO Jill Quinn MBE and Leyburn town councillors joined the visit at Kirkwood, which enables residents to live independently while receiving some support and care when needed.

The chair of the council’s care and independence and housing overview and scrutiny committee, Leyburn councillor Karin Sedgwick, said: “Care, independence and housing are the key components of the work of our committee.

“Therefore, extra care facilities that allow for independent living, such as Kirkwood Hall, are of major interest to our group members.

“I am glad that councillors representing various communities around North Yorkshire were able to attend, ask question and share comments and feedback.”

Aire Valley Councillor Andy Brown added: “There are a number of facilities that residents can enjoy at Kirkwood Hall.

“These comprise communal spaces, a hobby room, a secure garden, which includes a greenhouse, and a restaurant, among others.  I was particularly pleased to see that there is a strong focus on recycling, with composters to reduce food waste from the kitchen.”

Helmsley councillor George Jabbour said: “I have been to a number of extra care facilities across the county, like Bransdale View in Helmsley.

“The remarks that I keep hearing from residents about these pioneering initiatives are very positive.

“It is fantastic that North Yorkshire is at the forefront of developing care solutions.”

Broadacres Housing Association director, Andy Powell, highlighted that “extra care was a demonstration of the powerful partnership with North Yorkshire Council”.

He added: “Councillors are taking the time to find out more about extra care given that it presents an effective solution to provide older people with further options for care while retaining their independence.”

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  1. Kirkwood Hall in Leyburn is a lovely place. My mum has been a resident there for more or less since it opened. The management team is great, the carers are lovely & caring for family as well as the residents, the kitchen team are brilliant & deliver excellent food. Wayne & his team are excellent at looking after the maintenance of the bungalows etc. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone there, I’ve never had a complaint. Thank you everyone at Kirkwood xxx

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