Bromley local housing provider for over 55s wins RSPCA award
PUBLISHED: 11:21 27 September 2016
Regency Court in Macintosh Street has been commended for allowing residents to keep pets
A leading housing provider for over 55s with an estate in Bromley has won an RSPCA animal welfare award for the sixth year running.
Hanover Housing has been recognised as the only national housing association to achieve the RSPCA silver community animal welfare footprint award - a scheme designed to celebrate the work of housing providers that have an impact on animal welfare.
Regency Court on Macintosh Street is run by the over 55s housing provider, where residents are able to keep pets in their homes. Animals have long been welcome into the association’s 600+ housing estates to improve health and wellbeing, with a number of studies showing how pets can increase happiness in older people. Research also points towards animal companions helping reduce high blood pressure, relieve anxiety and promote longer lives.
Rona Nicholson, Deputy Chief Executive of Hanover, said: “We are delighted to have retained this prestigious award. Hanover actively welcomes pets to its estates and research suggests pet ownership can also offer a range of therapeutic and health benefits, including low stress levels and reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes.”
Rachel Williams of the RSPCA said: “These awards are a chance for these public sector organisations and housing providers who have really made a difference or come up with an inspiring new idea to improve animal welfare within their communities to shine and be recognised.”