30 years of Hartshorne Court - Residents' stories

Hartshorne Court, one of our sheltered housing schemes in Moss Side and home to 32 residents, celebrates its 30th year this year, having opened in 1987.

We met with two of the residents there to hear their stories…


Myrtle had found herself very lonely after her husband passed away.  She was retired and living in the same four bedroom house that she had been in for the past 30 years.  She was struggling to afford the bills with her pension and, wanting to remain in the same area, approached MSV for help.

Within five weeks Myrtle had moved into Hartshorne Court.  She has only been there for a few weeks yet she said:  ‘It has changed my life.  There is 24 hour care here and an amazing scheme manager.   You can never get lonely here.  Everyone is so friendly and if you have a problem someone will help’.

Myrtle is now looking forward to getting involved in activities at the scheme such as taking sewing classes and learning computer skills having never had the opportunity to use a computer before. 


Before moving to Hartshorne Court two years ago, Steve was living in private rented accommodation.  Steve, living with Parkinson’s, was unable to continue living on the first floor.   He was also struggling to get the support he needed and the appropriate adapted equipment. 

Steve spoke of moving to Hartshorne Court, saying:  'Life is much better since I moved here.  There is the option to connect with others or keep yourself to yourself and the scheme gives me more independence to get around on my scooter.   Without supported housing I would have been stuck in unaffordable private rented accommodation on a year to year tenancy without any support.   Living here gives me more peace of mind.’

Since moving to Hartshorne Court Steve has also been an active member of the tenant panel.

13th September 2017

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