Carey Gardens, Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire About Carey Gardens Carey Gardens is a 13-flat independent living housing scheme located in the village of Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire. The development is designed for those over 60 who want to live in a Christian community and comprises two-bedroom flats, with a mixture of leasehold and rented properties. Carey Gardens became part of Pilgrims’ Friend Society in September 2020. It was built in 2001 by the Kirby Muxloe Free Church Housing Association, a local charity set up to provide subsidised housing for older people so that they could stay living in the village. The flats and grounds Each flat is of a similar size having a kitchen, two bedrooms and a lounge. The first-floor flats all have showers in the bathroom with the ground floor flats having either bathrooms or wet rooms. There is parking for those living there and their visitors, a communal bin store and outdoor drying facilities. There is no warden or care provided, however each flat is connected to a 24-hour response alarm system.The flats are set in attractive, fully maintained grounds where residents can enjoy open seating areas without any gardening worries. Carey Gardens enjoys an exceptionally convenient location with village amenities just a stone’s throw away. Kirby Muxloe is only four miles from Leicester City Centre and easily accessible by the regular bus service which stops right outside the development.Waiting list Applications of interest can be made at any time. When a flat becomes available, everyone on the list is approached to see if they are interested at the time and there is then an informal interview. A decision is then made based on need and suitability for the available flat. This procedure applies to both rented and owner-occupied properties. To register your interest, please contact Mandy Smith:tel: 0300 303 8455, [email protected] Life at Carey Gardens The common room (Carey House) is used by residents for social gatherings organised by the Friends of Carey Gardens. The Friends are a voluntary group, a mix of residents, and non-residents which meets four or five times a year to organise regular events and catch up on residents' news. The aim of the Friends group is to enhance the lives of the residents by organising a monthly Friday night social evening, including a meal, speaker or music group, barbecue or games evening. There are weekly informal gatherings on Mondays and Wednesdays, for opportunities for drinks and a chat. These gatherings are also open to non-residents. Once a month, there is a service led by a member of one of the local churches, or a speaker may come to talk about a special interest they have. The Friends organise a Charity Garden Party once a year, in the summer, to which the general public are invited. Cream teas, cakes and other stalls as well as charity table fill the car park and rear garden to provide a community feel to the afternoon. This event is always well supported and brings in much needed funds for the many charities it has supported over the years. Our Manager Scheme Manger - Mandy Smith The management of Carey Gardens is overseen by Mandy Smith, based at Pilgrim Gardens, our independent living housing scheme in nearby Evington. Mandy has been at Pilgrim Gardens since 2016. She has been a Christian for over 30 years, working in education, care and church ministry before coming to Pilgrim Gardens. Since graduating Bible College in 1993 she has been involved in many different areas of ministry to a wide variety of ages. Mandy enjoys the diversity that comes with the role of managing a Christian housing scheme and particularly enjoys the positive relationships and community feel that is evident at our independent living housing schemes. She is married to a Baptist minister and they have four children. Get in touch and where to find us Carey Gardens, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE9 2AY Tel: 0300 303 8455 Email: [email protected] By car Carey Gardens is 2.3 miles from junction 21a on the M1. By train/bus Leicester station is about 5 miles from the home, and the nearest bus stop is Princess Drive (stop code: leiajmap), services 153, 158 Sapphire.