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Initiative to help elderly

Charity and developer team up in housing first

Abbeyfield and Dandara
Standing: Niall Patterson, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield Scotland and Karen Barr, Head of Housing Operations; Seated: James Craigie, Chairman of Abbeyfield Scotland and Peter Best, Sales Manager for Dandara

Abbeyfield Scotland, the charity which provides support for older people, is investing £2 million with developer Dandara to develop homes for those requiring ongoing services while enjoying their independence.

The initiative, believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland, will see Abbeyfield bring two-bedroomed bungalows to the private rental market at Dandara’s Hazelwood development in Aberdeen’s West End.

The  bungalows are designed to offer residents easy access, space, flexibility and a dedicated support service provided by ASL. 

James Craigie, chairman of Abbeyfield Scotland said: “This is an exciting development for Abbeyfield Scotland.  We are investing significantly in the Aberdeen area and our relationship with Dandara allows us to provide the accommodation and a flexible range of support that the market is looking for.”

Dr Thomas Dodd, an expert in the care sector said:  “As well as supporting the individuals concerned, this begins to address the challenges set out in Aberdeen City and Shire’s Housing Need and Demand Assessment, as well as those faced by the Health and Social Care partnership in addressing personal outcomes and avoiding reliance on costly services.” 

Gavin Wyley, managing director of Dandara in Aberdeen, said: “We are excited about the opportunity this relationship brings for Dandara and Abbeyfield Scotland.”

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