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Rushanara Ali joins Gateway to re-launch Edith Ramsay House

Gateway Housing Association residents, gave Rushanara Ali MP, a warm welcome at the official opening on 27 November 2015, of seven new - build wheelchair accessible flats, a new guest suite and a beautifully designed upgrade to make Edith Ramsay House the gold standard in sheltered accommodation.   With staff and residents looking on, Ms Ali planted a rowan tree in the grounds of the sheltered accommodation scheme, on Duckett Street, E1, named in honour of the charismatic East End activist and pioneering educator.  Ms Ali, praised Gateway for the upgrade saying: “I am delighted to have visited Edith Ramsay house meeting residents and staff. It’s vital that residents in sheltered accommodation are allowed both the independence and comfort they need and value so highly, and I am pleased that this upgrade makes sure this has happened.”

The upgrade work, made in consultation with residents, family members and staff has been designed specifically to make the accommodation more inclusive, offering greater wheelchair accessibility along with a designated area for mobility aids storage. Crucially too, the new flats mean more people can now call this popular scheme home.  Importantly, the new works have also been planned to remodel communal spaces so residents can socialise more easily and further work has seen four bedsits converted to two flats to be more in keeping with the high level of aspirational living Gateway is offeringits sheltered accommodation residents.   Resident, June Whitehead, 73, said “I am pleased with the finished building work, my landing has had a new facelift with designer wallpapers, window blinds and decorative frames, they look rather wonderful. I am also very happy with our new communal lounge and all the lovely new furniture. I’d say it looks a hundred times better”.  Gateway Housing Association Chief Executive, Sheron Carter said: “We are all thrilled with the new flats, increase in accommodation and re-design to Edith Ramsay House. At Gateway we are committed to raising the standard in sheltered accommodation. Gateway has more exciting plans for our further sheltered housing schemes, of which we are the leading provider in Tower Hamlets, so watch this space!”

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