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02/07/2021 General, Mickle Hill
Rangeford Villages has announced it will be taking over the management of later living village Mickle Hill in Pickering, North Yorkshire from 1st October, which it developed in partnership with national older person’s charity Methodist Homes (MHA).
The move follows a strategic review held by MHA and the timing of their contract renewal for providing services at the site. As Mickle Hill no longer fits with the direction in which MHA feels its retirement living services are now developing, it has taken the opportunity of the timing of the contract renewal to withdraw from managing the village.
Rangeford Villages has committed to ensuring that the quality of services received by residents at Mickle Hill will continue and the lives of residents are not expected to be adversely affected by the transfer. In addition, all staff will be retained including Village Manager Gillian Green, who will continue to manage all teams with the support of Rangeford Villages CEO Howard Nankivell, enabling continuity of management for both residents and the team on site.
Rangeford Villages has extensive experience of both developing and operating villages and communities for people aged 60 plus throughout the UK, with other developments in its portfolio including award-winning Wadswick Green in Corsham and Siddington Park in Cirencester.
Howard Nankivell, CEO of Rangeford Villages says: “We are pleased to have collaborated with MHA in the creation of a highly successful community for over 60s in Pickering and we are excited to embark on this journey ahead and take over the management of Mickle Hill.
“We look forward to bringing our expertise to the village, which we are already very familiar with, and are excited about expanding our business model. We put our residents at the heart of everything we do, and our aim is to empower residents to nurture their lifestyle choices and ensure each resident does not just exist but thrives in later life.
“We will be managing the transfer process with the best levels of communication and openness possible to minimise any disruption to the smooth operating of the village.”
Dan Ryan, Director of Operations at MHA says: “We have been proud to manage Mickle Hill over the last few years and have worked hard to provide high-quality accommodation, facilities and wellbeing services to our residents. However, following a recent review and the fact the contract for providing management services was also up for review, we have made the difficult decision to end our management of the site. After working in partnership with Rangeford over the last few years, we are confident that they are the ideal operators to take over management of the village and will continue to provide the same high standards to our residents.
“We would like to thank our colleagues for their dedication over the years, which led them to be recognised as providing ‘outstanding’ care in their inspection by the Care Quality Commission, and wish them and the residents at Mickle Hill all the best for the future.”
Mickle Hill retirement village in Pickering, North Yorkshire, offers retirees a supportive community environment to enable independent living, with additional in-house care services available. Residents benefit from a wide range of onsite amenities, including a cinema, hair salon, gym, Jacuzzi, library, convenience shop and café bistro. The high-quality 90 apartments and 78 bungalows are carefully designed for ease of use and access and all residents have their own front door.
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