Exterior corner view of Goodwin Court

Steve Brunning

Steve Brunning moved into Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Goodwin Court in East Barnet in July 2018, following the loss of his father, who had previously been his sole carer.


The 60 year-old has lived in the area for most of his life and was referred to Goodwin Court by the adult social care team at Barnet Council, following a brief spell in a nursing home. Staff felt that living in a retirement community like Goodwin Court would benefit Stephen, as it would provide him with the care and support he needed, whilst also enabling him to retain his independence.

Most of the support Stephen usually receives is based around help with domestic tasks, such as making the bed and washing up. The care and support team at Goodwin Court also pop in to see him twice a day, to check on his health and wellbeing.

Stephen is a valued member of the resident community at Goodwin Court and has even taken part in the interviewing process for prospective Care and Support Workers and helped organise resident day trips to Harlow.

He particularly enjoys the arts and crafts afternoons, weekly quiz, and Friday live entertainment organised by the Wellbeing & Inclusion team. Living independently in his own apartment, but within in a retirement community, means that Stephen has his own private space but also has access to onsite facilities. When he fancies time off from cooking, he can be found treating himself to a meal in the service’s Taste restaurant and he gets his hair cut in the in-house salon too.

As well as enjoying the activities and events at Goodwin Court, Stephen is also a keen archaeologist and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, as well as membership secretary and trustee of his local archaeology society, where he arranges their lecture programme. He can drive himself to meetings and has a mobility scooter, which makes getting about and visiting the local shops easy.

I am happy in my new home and know where to go if anything isn’t right.

He said: “I have settled down somewhat after the grief of losing my father and get on well with the other residents, who I enjoy socialising with. I am happy in my new home and know where to go if anything isn’t right.”

Set opposite the picturesque Oakhill Park in East Barnet, Goodwin Court provides accessible one and two-bedroom apartments and communal facilities for over 55s, or people who have long term care needs. Residents can enjoy their retirement in comfort and maintain their independence for longer, with the peace of mind that the onsite care and support team are available when needed.

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