Lord Provost opens Gowrie Care’s first accessible holiday home in Dundee
Dundee’s Lord Provost Ian Borthwick opened Gowrie Care’s new accessible holiday home in the Coldside area of Dundee yesterday.
Rockwell Holiday Home will provide a much needed holiday let facility for individuals who have support and care needs, as well as their carers and close families.
When speaking at the opening the Lord Provost said: “I’m delighted to welcome Gowrie Care’s first accessible holiday home to Dundee.
“This type of accessible accommodation has great benefits for the local community and I have no doubt that it will be valued by those with care and support needs.”
The Lord Provost was joined at the facility’s opening by Gowrie committee members, senior staff and service users.
Gowrie chairperson, Janet Lynch, said: “Gowrie Care, in partnership with Hillcrest Housing Association and Hillcrest Maintenance Services, has delivered a fantastic holiday home that is both stylish and comfortable. The spacious bungalow has been adapted for wheelchair users with the addition of height adjustable kitchen facilities and a large wet room.
“The house is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac two miles north of Dundee city centre which means it is in an ideal location for people to enjoy a quiet break, yet still have a wide range of attractions to see and do only a short drive away.
“Recently a few of our service users and support staff had holidays at Rockwell as part of a pilot of the house. In return for a complimentary stay, they provided us with meaningful feedback which we have taken on board to ensure the house is fully fit for purpose.”
Gowrie service user Allison Douglas was one of those who took part in the pilot and she added: “I really enjoyed my stay at Rockwell Holiday Home. The house is lovely and cosy, and the bed was very comfy to sleep on. I will stay longer next time.”
Rockwell Holiday Home is currently available for use by Gowrie Care service users but will be open to individuals supported by other organisations and the local authority within the next few months.