Intergenerational care village set to open in Chester
Thursday, June 23, 2022
A new intergeneration care village to be opened by not-for-profit organisation Belong this July, will be home to a fully integrated children’s day nursery.
A new intergeneration care village is set to open in Chester next month (July 18).
The village, to be opened by not-for-profit organisation Belong, will be home to a fully integrated children's day nursery, creating extensive opportunities for intergenerational experiences.
The village is a first for Belong, which has an international track record in transforming settings and support for people with dementia.
The £21 million state-of-the-art development, located on City Road, will offer a mix of independent living apartments and households where 24-hour support, including dementia and nursing care, is provided.
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Belong's home care service, ‘Belong at Home’, will also operate from the site. All customers, as well as members of the public, will enjoy access to a vibrant village centre with a range of facilities including a bistro, specialist gym, hair salon, therapy room and entertainment venue with licensed bar.
Belong Chief Executive, Martin Rix, says: ‘The beauty of the village model is that we are able to offer a range of spaces and experiences, and give people the choice to join in as much or as little of village life as they choose. This is crucial in ensuring residents continue to feel connected and integrated within society, and we are particularly excited that Belong Chester will have this very special and new element for us, which is the integration of a children's nursery.’
The 25-place Nursery in Belong will provide a care and learning environment for children from birth to five years, six days a week. It will be operated by national charity, Ready Generations, and village and nursery teams will work closely together to create a truly shared environment where children and older people can learn together and build an active, intentional and collaborative community that includes every generation.
‘Children and older people are intuitively playful together’
Sue Egersdorff, founder of Ready Generations, said: ‘We are very excited to bring children and young families into the Belong village model. Children and older people are intuitively playful together and can bring so much joy to each other's lives.’
Bookable preview day events, including a tour of the village, presentation and refreshments will take place on Tuesday 5 July and Friday 8 July, beginning at 10am and 2pm on both days. Drop-in days will also be held on 16, 20, 25 and 30 July.
As part of the organisation's ongoing recruitment drive, career opportunities are available at the village, including qualified and trainee support worker roles.