Building Positive Futures 

Building Positive Futures is Thurrock’s programme to support older people to enjoy the best possible life within their own homes and communities. It's about the kind of lives that we all want to have for ourselves, our families and our neighbours.

The name Building Positive Futures reflects what our older residents have told Thurrock Council: they are 'fed up with being portrayed as a problem'. Older people rightly believe they have contributed to society throughout their lives and continue to do so - more than half of older people volunteer, doing work worth an estimated £10 billion per year across the UK.

Building Positive Futures includes a wide range of projects. Here are some examples:

Better housing

We are promoting new housing developments that are attractive, well located, easy to heat and designed for older people and people with disabilities:

      Derry Avenue, South Ockendon:

25 new flats are being built, especially designed for older people.  Design features include: attractive balconies overlooking the garden, significant storage area which could be used for a wheel chair, generously sized bathrooms and kitchens, dual aspect flats with lots of light, and a communal garden room on the ground floor to socialise or enjoy the garden. Insulation standards are so high that heating costs will be very low.

The scheme's location is ideal. It is close to shops and the community hub at the South Ockendon Centre - a place where residents can connect with other people, take out a library book and join in the activities that are running in the centre.

Derry Avenue will allow us to set a benchmark for retirement housing in terms of living well in later years.

      Calcutta Road, Tilbury.

The Council has been successful in obtaining funding from the Homes and Communities Agency from their Affordable Housing Programme 2015-18 for 25 new flats for older people.  As with Derry Avenue, it will be designed to the highest standards to enable older people to stay independent in their own home, and when care and support is needed, the design of the flats will enable them to remain at home. The proposed scheme needs to gain planning approval before building works can begin.