Residents and staff at a residential care home in Chester which provides support for people with mental health problems have celebrated its 25th birthday.

Dee House marked its historic anniversary by hosting a party for residents, staff past and present, and some special guests.

Since opening in 1990, Dee House, which is managed by Muir Group Housing, has supported 23 people with enduring mental health issues, offering a range of services to meet their needs.

Dee House residents have their own personalised support plan, and a dedicated team of staff who are on hand to who help them learn life skills and access other services within the community.

Project manager Joy Swainson cuts the birthday cake alongside Cllr Bob Rudd, member for the Garden Ward

Project manager Joy Swainson has been at the scheme since day one and said the residents are the key to its success.

Joy said: “Dee House has been part of the local community and providing high quality care for local people for so many years, and this was a fun way to celebrate our anniversary.

“Even though we have a number of residents with very challenging mental health issues, the atmosphere here is always professional, friendly, relaxed and respectful.

“Our residents’ enthusiasm and energy is a great inspiration to us all, and it rubs off on the staff. We have had a low turnover of both residents and staff, which shows you that this is a great place to both live and work.

“It has been an amazing 25 years and Dee House will continue support and enrich the lives of our residents.”

Supported housing manager at Muir Nicola Baumber said: “Dee House has been a real success story for Muir. The support our residents receive from is second to none, and I would like to thank the staff for their continued commitment and dedication over the years.

“You can sense that the people living at Dee House are happy and comfortable in their surroundings, and I know our staff will continue to deliver a first-class support service for our residents.”