Habinteg tenants and staff came together with local people to celebrate the scheme’s 30th anniversary on Friday 27 April. The Hainault scheme was opened on the same date in 1988 by The Rt Hon. Lord William Waldegrave of North Hill, who was Minister of Housing and Planning at the time.
The event was organised by the scheme’s Community Assistant, Tony Tyler to bring everyone together to celebrate the space and reflect on the huge difference that having an accessible home has made to the lives of so many people.
Mr Tyler said:
“There are so many people that live here who have such interesting stories to tell, I just wanted to provide the space for everyone to come together to share some of their insight and to appreciate how the scheme has evolved over the last 30 years. We even have tenants who have been here since the very beginning.”
Bramston Close offers 24 wheelchair accessible homes and 8 general needs properties, demonstrating one of Habinteg’s founding principles – providing integrated communities for disabled and non-disabled people to share and enjoy.
Bramston Close offers has plenty of communal space, including a lounge and big garden with a beautiful cherry tree. Tenants often throw parties and have barbeques in the garden during the summer months and it is a great space for children to play. Bramston Close also benefits from being close to a range of local amenities and good transport links and community facilities, including Hainault underground station which is now wheelchair accessible.
Tenant Virinda Patel, who has lived at Bramston Close since it opened in 1988, said:
“I moved here in April 1988, to be independent. I live here now with my wife. The best thing about the scheme is it's very central, I can get around, the surgery and the train station are not far. We've been quite happy"
Habinteg’s Operations manager for the Southern Region, who joined in the festivities for the afternoon said:
“There is great community spirit here at Bramston Close and it’s been a privilege to join the staff and tenants to celebrate this anniversary. It’s fascinating to hear about some of the changes that have taken place since the homes were built, and great to see that the facilities and transport links nearby are increasingly accessible to disabled people.”