The concept for St Peter’s Court came about in early 2010 when Tony Hammond, then SHAID’s Services Manager noticed an increase in the number of former Armed Services Personnel requiring accommodation in the county.
It was agreed by SHAID’s Board of Directors that we should explore the matter further and look into the feasibility of setting up a supported housing project, specifically tailored to the needs of former Armed Services Personnel.
In April 2011, after an extensive search SHAID secured the lease on a former sheltered accommodation property in Sacriston, County Durham. With support and funding from The Royal British Legion, Sir James Knott Trust, SSAFA, Comic Relief, Durham County Council and other local agencies, work commenced on updating and furnishing the premises.
The project, which now consisted of 16 fully furnished flats, a training room, emergency temporary accommodation and a communal lounge was officially opened on the 4th November 2011 by SHAID Board Member Edna Hunter M.B.E, Andrew Drake RBL Area Manager and local MP Kevan Jones.