Abundant Life partnership ends but Dartington Trustees remain committed to reworking its vision around fulfilling lives in older age
The Dartington Hall Trust has announced that its partnership with Sanctuary Group on Abundant Life, a project dedicated to enabling people to live well in older age, has ended.
This is due to a decision by the Dartington Trustees to withdraw from the partnership in order to rework the project. It follows concerns within The Trust about whether the current project would deliver its objectives in terms of social and community enrichment and design, while representing an investment that was financially sound.
Dartington will now review how to realise the vision at the heart of the project and reconsider options for the Foxhole site where Abundant Life was to be based. This will form part of its wider Estate Framework, a significant exercise in envisioning the future look and purpose of the whole estate and in creating a more sustainable Dartington.
Says Greg Parston, Executive Chairman of The Dartington Hall Trust: “There are inevitably tensions in any large scale development project when balancing the demands of vision, design, social objectives, commerciality and cost. This was no exception.
“The Trustees believe this balance is achievable and that we should now re-focus on how we can translate what is actually an incredibly exciting and relevant vision into reality. This will be aimed at bringing peace of mind, opportunity and companionship to the over 55s and rewarding employment to local people.”
Says Rhodri Samuel, Chief Executive Officer of The Dartington Hall Trust: “We recognise the immense professionalism, energy and commitment that Sanctuary Group brought to the development of the project.
“We also want to pay tribute to a remarkable community of support for Abundant Life, involving hundreds of local people, for putting their heart and soul into the project. We want to maintain these valuable relationships as we rework our plans over the next few months.”
Both Dartington and Sanctuary Group have been communicating the news personally to the volunteers, local businesses and members of the community who have been involved with the project – including an invitation to a drop-in at Dartington Hall on 1 February (11.30-14.30) for those with further questions or concerns. (Please note that the Upper Drive will be closed from roughly 10:30-10:50 on this morning for essential maintenance work, but should be open again in good time for this session.)
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