Help make room for old friends at Oaklands
Why we must make room for old friends now
'At Oaklands, many of our residents have lived
here for more than 20 years', says Lindsey
(pictured right with Nick). ‘They've made their
lives at Oaklands - and we believe in giving
people a home for as long as it's right for
them. But now our number of older residents
is outstripping the number of houses and
rooms we have that are suitable. Although
we have a real mix of ages here – some
people are just in their twenties – well over
half the people we support are now in their
senior years. So making more room for old friends is something we really have to do now.'
We have to be ready
'I used to be a fast walker. But now it
would be better living on the ground
floor. It's hard climbing up all these
stairs, you see.' - Nick
'Nick's home is here in Beech house, where
I work', says Lindsey. 'He has lived at
Oaklands for most of his adult life. He came
when he was 29, and he's not only had a full
life, he's contributed so much to the
community. Now Nick's nearing 70. And he's
developed Parkinson's. He's still managing with a bedroom on the first floor. But we can see the day coming where Nick will no longer be able to get up the stairs. If he's to stay at Oaklands, he will need a home that's senior-friendly and on the ground floor.
'We need to make room for old friends like Nick now. What we don't want is for him, or anyone, to get to the stage where they're struggling, and there's no place for them here. For anyone to have to leave the community in this way would be heartbreaking.'
Please help us turn our old milking parlour into lovely, accessible rooms
Perfect for older residents.
If our fundraising is successful, this old farm
building can be converted to provide up to
three lovely rooms for older residents at
Oaklands. It's a cost-effective way to enable
people to stay living in the community that
has been their lifetime home.
And it's in an ideal, sociable location, within
the mini-neighbourhood of the Farmhouse,
Pear Tree and Amber that are homes to people of all ages. So there's always company, activity and support is never far away.
A clever mooove
The Oaklands cows won't mind – they're beef,
not dairy cows, so they don't need a milking
parlour. So it really makes sense to put the
old, empty building to good use again, in a
way that meets the needs of older people at
The plans involve a full renovation of the
interior as well as some exterior work: the
uneven farmyard surface might be suitable for
hooves, but for people it must be levelled out and made safe, to make the building fully accessible.
Putting the plan into action
A plan for converting the old milking parlour
has now been drawn up – doesn't it look
nice? We're now raising funds to help us put
the plan into action.
We need support to meet the costs of all that
will go into making the building sound, warm
and fit to live in. But with the help of friends,
we could start this summer, and make room
for more old friends as soon as possible.