‘Peatrie’ feathers his nest

Residents of Angus Court with Peatrie
Residents of Angus Court with Peatrie

Residents of a purpose-built social housing complex in Portlethen have welcomed the latest resident into their fold.

The tiny yellow feathered canary called Peatrie has pride of perch in the living room of Angus Court.

Peatrie is companion to residents Billy Leel, Callum McDougall, Fred Robertson, James Carmichael and Camy Durno.

Situated in the Bourtree area, there are six flats in the new build, which will allow six people with learning disabilities from the local area to enjoy a home of their own.

Each flat uses the latest technology to allow the people who live there to be supported by Cornerstone staff and feel safe while maintaining an optimum level of independence. The properties are also equipped to deal with residents’ changing needs.

Angus Court was named after Gwen Angus, who worked for Cornerstone for more than 15 years and sadly passed away in 2011.

Her husband and daughters attended the opening of the purpose-built social housing complex for adults with learning difficulties.

Land for the flats was secured with the help of Aberdeenshire Council, and funding for the scheme was provided by the Scottish Government.

A fundraising campaign launched by Cornerstone – Home Is Where the Heart Is – saw the remaining £300,000 target raised by schools, community groups, private companies and individuals.

A spokesperson said: ‘‘Many local companies have also supported our fundraising activities including Royal Bank of Scotland, Premier Oil, Dominion Gas, Aberdeen Asset Management, Maersk Oil to name but a few.

‘‘A special mention must go to William Wilson who contributed goods in kind and saved ussignificant spend.

Elaine Duffy, service manager at Angus Court, added: “Four of the people we support have now been in Angus Court for just over four months and one coming up for two.

‘‘Everyone has settled in very well and have said how happy they are in their new flats.

“Having their own space has allowed them to gain more independence and their flats reflect their individual personalities.

‘‘Having his own flat has also enabled Fred to get his own pet canary which everyone is really enjoying hearing singing.”