ECH Keep Connected

Community Spirit Shining Brightly

Over the last few weeks we have heard many positive stories of ECH residents coming together from a distance to support each other during this challenging time.

ECH Resident Liaison Officer Hayley Hastwell says that residents really care about each other and are always there to lend a hand or have a chat with their neighbours.

“Being part of a genuine community where everyone looks out for one another is one of the most beneficial parts of living in an ECH village,” says Hayley.

ECH Rundle Court resident Christine enjoys living in her village for the sense of community and support she receives from her neighbours.

My neighbours and I are always keeping in touch or popping in to check in on each other and have a chat.

With ECH residents adapting to a new style of living due to COVID-19, they have created different ways to stay connected with many neighbours calling each other everyday to check in, or enjoying a cup of coffee on their verandas while they have a chat.

Christine and her neighbours have also taken turns going for walks in pairs around the neighbourhood, maintaining social distancing requirements while remaining active and social.

“It’s nice to go for a walk and do things together. Sometimes we stop and have a coffee,” says Christine.

It’s abundantly clear that ECH villages have a real sense of support and community, whether you live in a traditional or a vertical village, you will be surrounded by a community of likeminded people while still being able to maintain your own privacy.

ECH Senior Project Manager Damien Williams says ECH is passionate about integrating traditional village neighbourhood values into our latest vertical Independent Retirement Village at Smart Road in Modbury.

Damien said the building structure is progressing slightly ahead of schedule, with the development now at the halfway point.

We are now beginning the internal fit-out in the lower floors, which will continue up the buildings as the structure is completed.

ECH Manager of Community and Operational Development Luke Say explains, “I am excited to announce that we have given Smart Road a new name, Encore Apartments.”

Luke says the new village will benefit residents through a range of community initiatives. Encore Apartments have been specifically designed to create a strong sense of community giving residents a sense of belonging and providing support and social interaction to those who wish to remain living independently.

“The village will include an SA Montessori Early Learning Centre, a community garden and a café that will connect the north and south buildings fostering a strong sense of community.”

Residents of the new vertical village will have views of the North East and the picturesque Adelaide Hills from their apartments.

Damien explains, “we are pleased with the progress to date and excited to now be able to launch into the next phase of the development. We plan for residents to move into their apartments towards the end of 2021.”

A new display suite showcasing Encore Apartments is currently under development at the ECH Head Office in Parkside. Once completed the display suite will be open for potential residents to come and in and experience the look and feel of an Encore Apartment. The opening date for the display suite is expected to be late October 2020. Watch this space for more information!

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