Following the announcement in July that The Selwyn Foundation and Sprott House Trust had entered into a conditional agreement, with a view to Selwyn purchasing the village after a three month transitional period, the sale has completed and Sprott House has now joined the Selwyn group. The transfer enables Selwyn to have a presence in the Wellington market for the first time, complementing its core business activities in Auckland, Northland and in the Waikato.
A New Zealand charitable trust, The Selwyn Foundation has been a vital player in the retirement and aged care landscape for over 64 years, with its nine retirement villages providing residential aged care and independent living options, and broad range of community support services through its Selwyn Community arm. It also has a Selwyn Institute knowledge hub, through which it shares an array of practical knowledge and advice with those who have an interest in helping others age well.
Wellington’s Sprott House similarly has a long heritage of providing quality care and charitable service. It was first established in 1898 by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington to provide care for young women and children. It became a residential aged care home in 1951 and now comprises a 73-room care facility (rest home and hospital), a purpose-built, dedicated secure dementia care unit for 24 people and 13 independent living villas.
At the recent celebratory event marking the handover, Selwyn Board Chair, Dr Kay Hawk, said, “As we jointly celebrate this new era in our growth and development – and in honouring the heritage of both of our organisations within our new village name – we look forward to going into the future much stronger and with greater potential to continue our shared work and mission in support of the older person.”
Pictured at the Selwyn Sprott Village event are (from left to right): Selwyn Sprott Village General Manager Chris Sanders, President of the Sprott House Board of Trustees Don Rennie, Chair of The Selwyn Foundation Board Dr Kay Hawk, Selwyn Chief Executive Officer Garry Smith and Sprott House Board Vice President Julie Crengle.