Virginia retires from Rowlands Lodge after 21 years

After 21 years in the post of house manager Virginia is retiring from Rowlands Lodge in Chester.  She was appointed to the position at the same time as Spick and Span Cleaning Services was awarded the contract.

When we spoke with her earlier today she had mixed feelings. Sad because it has been such a big and important time in her life and also a little bit excited at what the next chapter will bring.  She said how much she’d enjoyed working with Spick and Span over the years. “There have been many cleaners over the period but the attention of service, especially from Jennie Benfold Haywood and more recently from manager Karen Rolfe has always been to the same high standard.  It has always made my job so much easier and I’ve know when ever there’s been a problem or issue to deal with then I could pick up the phone and know with confidence that talking it through with Jennie was going to be straight forward and easy going.  She would always listen and then act fairly and swiftly, I can’t thank her enough.

Well we feel the same Virginia, it been a pleasure and we wish you all the best in what ever your new chapter brings.

Back in 1999 the Chester Chronicle wrote an article to commemorate 15 years and you can read the rest of the story here.

A PROJECT which supports people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and physical disabilities is ‘flying high’ as it celebrates 15 years of providing accommodation and support.

Rowlands Lodge, on Liverpool Road in Chester, marked its anniversary with the motto ‘Flying High and Celebrating 15 Years’, as well as holding a party at the property for residents and staff, past and present.

Those who attended the party enjoyed a disco organised by a resident’s brother, and celebratory food and drinks.

Virginia Young, manager of the project, owned by Muir Group Housing, has worked at Rowlands Lodge since it was launched in August 1994.

She said: “We all love working at the project because of the enthusiasm and energy of the residents.

“We all enjoy our jobs and that is because of the residents we work with at Rowlands Lodge. A lot of the residents are long standing and have been here for 15 years.”

Rowlands Lodge is 16 homes, within one building, for people who have chosen to live there, many of whom have learning disabilities, mental health problems or physical disability.

Residents have their own home with a personalised support plan from staff, who help residents fulfil their potential by learning life skills and accessing other services within the community such as colleges, care agencies and other organisations.

The Rowlands Lodge Annual Cup, which is presented to a resident who has made an important personal achievement as well as an invaluable input into the project over the year, was presented by Virginia to resident Gareth Ash.

Gareth, who moved into Rowlands Lodge in April 2005, had a fear of the fire alarm and has since achieved a fire marshal certificate and is now involved in the testing of the fire alarms each week.

Virginia added: “Gareth no longer has to go off site when the fire alarms are tested and he now gets involved with the process instead.

“We are so impressed by his achievements, he is extremely deserving of the cup.”

If you would like more information about the support offered by Rowlands Lodge, please contact Virginia Young, or Lisa Latham, on 01244 381119.

If you’d like to learn more about the Muir then please follow the link www.muir.org.ukVirginia Rowland's Lodge

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