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Alpha Living
Independent Living with a helping hand
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Alpha Living

Welcome to Alpha

Alpha is a long-standing housing association that has dedicated its life to housing and providing sensitive services for older people. We have more than 960 apartments in 11 local authorities across the North of England.

Our developments offer residents a place of their own to live, but with the security and company of a dedicated team of Development Managers and Housekeepers close by whenever they are needed. Independent living, but with a helping hand.

Coronavirus update

The Coronavirus Covid-19 is currently a concern for many people.

We are built on values of kindness, listening and honesty and we will do everything we can to keep residents safe and give support. We will maintain our services wherever we can, but also adapt them to meet new circumstances. We will make sure everyone has the support they need.

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Welcome to Poppyfields

Welcome to Poppyfields, Alpha’s brand new Extra Care development in Saughall Massie opened 19th July 2021.  It has 78 self-contained one- and two-bedroom apartments to rent for people aged 55 and over.

Onsite facilities include a restaurant, a residents lounge and hair salon, and with regular social activities and staff available 24 hours a day, Poppyfields provides a safe and secure living environment for over 55’s who want to enjoy their independence with care and support available, as and when they need it.

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How do I apply?

If you are interested in living in an Alpha Development, for yourself or a loved one, call us today on 0330 460 9870 for an initial chat or to arrange a visit. Once you have seen the property and established that there is a vacancy, the process is simple.

We make moving as easy as possible, and can help you in applying for any funding and additional support you may need.

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Alpha's Big Conversation

We believe that current and future generations of older people have a very different outlook on life, often far younger than their years. To remain relevant over the coming years Alpha must be able to respond to a greater range of demands, creating more flexibility around the services we provide.

That is why we are starting out on our Big Conversation, reaching out to residents and inviting them to tell us about the things that matter to them as they get older.

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Why choose Alpha?

All of our residents are supported by a team who knows them as individuals. That's what makes Alpha special!

We offer first-class services shaped around the needs of our current and future residents, and provide a truly personal experience.

We are a non-profit making organisation, which means that every penny we make is reinvested into Alpha’s retirement housing.

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What is sheltered housing?

At Alpha, our developments are built around our residents. We believe in providing independence for our residents, but with the safety net of help if it is needed. The Development Manager acts to bring people together, helping people to live independently while providing support services to our residents. Many of our sites have communal areas, indoors and out, where residents can meet, as well as providing amenities such as a visiting GP, hairdresser and library.

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Meet our residents

We have all sorts of residents who have led varied and interesting lives. Their ages range from 55 to 100. We have residents who run half marathons, residents who in later life have taken up degree courses, we have keen crown green bowlers, and people with lots of hobbies such as singing, playing a musical instrument, gardening, flower arranging or knitting. We even have an ex professional footballer! We also have residents who just want a quiet life.

We know everyone is different, which is why we shape our service around you.

Our developments are full of amazing people. Find out the latest from them here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How easy is it to apply for an apartment?

Probably much easier than you think. Our developments are popular but vacancies come up fairly often. The application process is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is apply to us directly. Contact our team today on 0330 460 9870 to find out more.

What is it like to live in one of your developments?

One of the most frequent comments we get is that people wish they had moved to an Alpha development earlier in life. In sheltered housing you will live independently in your own apartment. Some people choose not to get involved in activities. You can close your own front door and enjoy the peace and quiet! Most people however want to join in the life of a development. There is always something going on, and someone to talk to. Each of our developments has a lounge where people gather and where activities such as coffee mornings take place. Most developments have an active social committee which organises entertainment or visits. More importantly there is bound to be someone who has similar interests to you!

Why should I choose Alpha?

Each Alpha development has a dedicated Development Manager who you will get to know – and who will take the time to get to know you! Residents tell us the importance of having a familiar face and a familiar team of Housekeepers.

Residents tell us they find security, peace of mind and always having someone to talk to as very important to them.

What’s included in your charges?

Each development charges a rent and a service charge. In some developments, heating and water rates are included in the service charge. The service charge will typically pay for things like the Development Manager, laundry room (including use of washing machines and driers), communal areas including the lounge, maintenance of the lift, fire safety, gardening, window cleaning, door entry systems and the emergency warden call system.

Can I bring my pet?

In most cases we would say “yes”. If a pet has been a loyal companion and isn’t any trouble to other residents, then your four-legged friend is very welcome. We would usually only say no if there are already a number of pets in the development.