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Our expertise

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Giving older people the best experience of ageing regardless of means

Putting people at the heart of what we do is in our DNA. From the early days of the charity in the 1920s to the present day, the lives of older people has always been what matters most to us. We’re passionate about building relationships that make people feel valued and important. It’s this approach that has led to us being nationally and internationally recognised as experts in our field.  

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Our values

We’re proud of the positive effect we have on the lives of older people. We think that the way we’ve done this has been by living the values that are closest to our hearts.They reflect who we are, how we do things, and what we want to be. We plan our care and support around them and use them to set our objectives based so they’re in our hearts and minds every day.

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On the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary in 1911, Dame Monica and Henry Herbert Wills decided to establish ‘a purpose-built haven’ for ‘five or six missionary friends’. This idea became the St Monica Trust and today, the charity provides accommodation, care and support to more than 1,100 residents and many more people in the wider Bristol community.

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At the St Monica Trust, we’ve always taken the view that excellence should be as standard. Because we always strive to continually improve the experience of our residents, customers and staff, we’re often recognised for our passion and commitment by our peers. From outstanding care, to the design of our accommodation and the quality of the food we serve, we’re proud to celebrate the achievements of our individual colleagues and teams.

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As an organisation, we want to be the defining standard by which care and housing for older people is provided in the UK. We believe that the frameworks and shared learning that comes from accreditations and memberships to organisations is a vital part of achieving this goal.

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Have you heard about our intergenerational experiment, featured on the hit Channel 4 show, Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds? Or our new pizzeria created with the help of Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton? There’s always something interesting to talk about at the St Monica Trust. From special events and festivals to television appearances, browse our latest news to find out what we’ve been up to.

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Sometimes the most interesting stories come when you least expect them. In our new blog we speak to fascinating people from across our retirement communities - exploring their passions, projects and everyday moments that have changed their world.

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Over the years, our award-winning training and development team have refined a host of courses and learning opportunities for colleagues who work at the Trust. But they’re not only an in-house team. They also offer courses across south west England in domiciliary care, learning disabilities, elderly care, palliative care and mental health services.

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Our charitable status

The unique combination of our status as a charity and our strong financial position, allows us to give older people the best experience of ageing regardless of means.

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