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Rapport Housing & Care Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme

Combining care and support with companionship, Watling Court enables residents to continue living independently whilst benefiting from a community environment. Since the scheme opened in 2011, the residents have created genuine friendships which in turn, has shaped a real family environment.

Conveniently located in Gravesend, Watling Court comprises 56 apartments alongside communal facilities for over 55s. Apartments are available on an affordable basis, via the local authority, Gravesham Borough Council. Personal and domestic care can be provided* by our on-site domiciliary care team, Caring Companions, alternatively your support needs can be met by a care provider of your choice, a friend or a loved one.

Those living at Watling Court enjoy living independent lives within the community, with peace of mind that they are in a safe environment with housing staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should an emergency arise. A two-course hot meal is provided each day at lunch time, giving residents the opportunity to socialise and get to know their neighbours. Your guests are welcome to join you for lunch, for a small charge.

Watling Court has everything you need all under one roof but getting out and about is easy too. There are convenience stores, food outlets and a pharmacy just a short stroll from the scheme and there is a bus stop just across the street. The local buses provide direct access into Gravesend, Dartford and Bluewater. For when your guests visit, Gravesend has plenty to offer including a theatre and cinema, multiple leisure centres and libraries and a bustling high street with some great restaurants.

To discuss eligibility or find out more, contact the scheme’s housing officer, Helen Goulding, or call Gravesham Borough Council’s housing team on 01474 337341.

*extra charges apply for care packages

Scheme Facilities

Our facilities at Watling Court comprise;
• Open plan restaurant and lounge area
• Quiet seating areas
• Guest room for visitors
• Activity room
• Convenience shop
• Hair salon
• Conservatory
• Patio garden
• Pantry service by scheme’s caterers, so you can easily buy bread, milk, cheese etc
• Wheelchair accessibility to apartments and communal areas so you can move around the development without difficulty
• Lift access
• Off road car parking
• Mobility scooter store and charging points
• Support available with arranging activities and events
• Welcomes pets
• Fob access to building and apartments

General services include;
• Care packages which are person centred to meet your individual needs
• A housing management team ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the development
• Opportunity to contribute to and take part in events and activities
• Housing staff on-site 24 hours a day so there’s always someone there if you need assistance in an emergency
• External maintenance is included in the apartment service charge
• Handyman service if you need someone to change a light bulb, put up pictures, shelves or hang curtains**
• Washing and ironing can be carried out for you*

* Additional charge applies
** Service charge covers in part depending on what you require


All apartments at Watling Court have been built to a high standard and designed with later life living in mind. The spacious apartments comprise modern fitted kitchens, one or two bedrooms, a wet room and an open plan living and dining area. Whether you choose a one or two bedroom apartment, downsizing won’t be a problem as there is plenty of storage space.

Your Apartment
• Neutrally decorated and carpeted
• Emergency call system
• Audio-visual door entry system
• Juliet balconies*
• Smoke detectors and sprinkler system
• Provision for a phone line, Sky, terrestrial TV and Internet

*selected apartments

• Fitted kitchen with coordinating tiles and worktops
• Integrated induction hob and oven
• Quarter turn taps for ease of use

Wet room
• High spec adaptable wet room
• Tiled and fitted with slip resistant vinyl flooring
• Level access shower
• Quarter turn taps for ease of use
• Comfort height toilet

How to Apply

To be eligible to live at Watling Court, all applicants must be aged 55 or over. At least one of the applicants must be assessed to have a minimum care and/or support need of 3.5 hours per week. A care and support need could include requiring some domestic assistance to maintain your home through to personal care.

All apartments at Watling Court are available on an affordable rent basis, via the local authority, Gravesham Borough Council (GBC).

Those wishing to rent an apartment must be nominated by GBC, which will mean being accepted on to the council’s Housing Register.

To discuss eligibility or find out more, contact the scheme’s housing officer, Helen Goulding, or call Gravesham Borough Council’s housing team on 01474 337341.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Helen Goulding
Contact Position
Housing Officer
01474 352201

Where to go

Watling Court
Watling Court
Ifield Way
DA12 5BP

Other Details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Residents referred by Gravesham Borough Council

Age Range
Suitable for all ages

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