First Corley homes for WRHA

Trevor and Joan Allen are busy settling into one of two affordable bungalows, which have become the first properties in North Warwickshire to be managed by Warwickshire Rural Housing Association.

WRHA has taken ownership of two bungalows on the new Corley Gardens development, with funding from North Warwickshire Borough Council.

The Allens say that moving into one of the bungalows has enabled them to stay close to family, as well as offering them a property they can manage much more easily.

Joan, aged 57, who is a full-time carer for 69-year-old Trevor, says: “We were living in a five-bedroom property but Trevor is disabled with a lot of health problems.

“He can’t walk very far at all and has to use a wheelchair or a scooter outside, and the only way he could get upstairs was to use a stairlift.

“Now all the children have left home and we don’t need such a large property, it made sense to look for something easier to manage.”

The couple were delighted when they were offered one of the two bungalows by WRHA.  Joan says: “My daughter lives not far away and I see her every day.  I have five children in total and they all live within about eight miles of Corley.  We also have 13 grandchildren between us!

“It was a wrench to move house after 22 years but I’m sure we’ll settle in quickly here and it will soon feel like home.  The bungalow is lovely and our new garden will be a lot easier for us.

“We’re very grateful indeed to WRHA for giving us this opportunity.”