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A ground breaking ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on the St Monica Trust’s latest development.
A recent trip to The Chocolate Quarter was particularly special for one St Monica Trust care home resident.
Two residents have married after meeting and falling in love at a retirement village in Keynsham.
An innovative project involving some of Bristol’s top chefs is providing Food Leaders with the skills to help reduce food insecurity among older people.
The leadership of the St Monica Trust's Cote Lane Care and Support Service has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC following an announced inspection on 05 May 2023.
The Digital Inclusion Fund will support seven orgnaisations in the Bristol area to run important projects promoting the digital inclusion of older people.
St Monica Trust’s chefs headed to the Trinity Centre to cook dinner for the final day of Caring in Bristol’s Big Christmas Dinner campaign.
The festive season got underway at The Chocolate Quarter as the Bristol Bears Community Foundation kicked-off their annual Christmas Presence campaign.
On the day of the accident, Stuart Lewis swears he had a guardian angel watching over him - in fact he had three.
When a retirement village resident volunteered for a pen pal scheme, she had no idea that she’d end up starring in an episode of a hit children’s television show.
The St Monica Trust has announced that from 1 October 2022, it will increase the minimum rate of pay in the organisation to £9.90 per hour. In addition, the Bristol-based charity will also award all colleagues £250 to help with the cost-of-living crisis.
A unique funding programme for older people is helping a community group rebuild after a devastating fire.
When it came to celebrating her 100th birthday, Beryl Morton knew exactly what she wanted – and colleagues at the St Monica Trust’s Sandford Station retirement village were only too happy to help.
The Chocolate Quarter’s Home Care Service has been rated by the CQC as ‘Good’ following an unannounced inspection on 25 May 2022.
A work experience programme at B Block pizzeria in Keynsham is helping young adults with special educational needs prepare for life after leaving school.
A St Monica Trust colleague is walking in the footsteps of Britain’s most famous nurse.
Our care home services will be running as normal today, as they have been throughout the previous days of strike action.
A St Monica Trust volunteer’s invention could benefit millions of people who are living with dementia.
The St Monica Trust is offering its care home colleagues full pay protection for the next twelve months.
The Trust is a local charity and the world we are now operating in is very different to the one of two years ago. The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the UK’s health and social care sector, as does the nationwide social care recruitment crisis.
A Registered Nurse at the St Monica Trust has been appointed the UK’s first Social Care Nurse Ambassador.
Unique partnership sees retirement village open its grounds to pupils from a local secondary school for PE lessons.
Comedy makes a welcome return to B Block with guests getting their fill of pizza and laughs.
Westbury Fields was transformed into a winter wonderland last Saturday for John Wills House’s first-ever Outdoor Christmas Market.
St Monica Trust’s Charterhouse care home in Keynsham is now providing specialist residential care for older people living in Bristol and Bath.
St Monica Trust obtains planning consent for building of Block D at The Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham.
How old do you have to be to move into a retirement village? Our main answer - whenever you're ready. Moving into a retirement village comes with many benefits, and the sooner you make the move, the sooner you can begin to enjoy your new lifestyle. We are here to support you every step of the way.
Organisations looking to improve the mental health and well-being of older people in Bristol are invited to apply for a new fund launched by the St Monica Trust.
Special Olympics athlete proves to be as successful in his role at a Bristol care home, as he is in the swimming pool.
Charity event pays tribute to the Dambusters raid and celebrates the birthday of Johnny Johnson.
Ground-breaking research project into response to COVID-19 pandemic revealed how Retirement Village and Extra Care Housing operators helped protect the lives of residents and staff.
Nigel was transferred to the Garden House care home in Westbury-on-Trym in March last year for palliative care. Now, he has left the care home with a second lease of life thanks to his determination and the support of the nurses and carers that cared for him during his stay.
A rapid antigen test trialed at a St Monica Trust care home helped relatives reconnect with their loved-ones over Christmas.
Ground-breaking research project launched to study impact of Covid-19 on retirement villages and extra care housing schemes across England.
Residential care, respite care, nursing care – what’s the difference? With so many variations when it comes to the types of care on offer in care homes, it’s helpful to understand what each of these terms mean if you’re beginning your search.
Trust’s community development funding aims to help older people safely re-engage with their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Video calling doesn't suit everyone. We spoke to retirement village art tutor Onny about repurposing business teleconferencing favourite Meetupcall for group art classes with residents.
When Chloe returned from university to live with family in Bristol during lockdown she decided she would do something to help those living alone. Cue: The Rainbow Letter Project, a new initiative helping primary school students stay in touch with residents in one of our retirement communities.
Usually carrying out up to 100 visits to older people in our communities every week, our team of volunteers is a huge force for good at the St Monica Trust. Over the last few weeks, they have continued to go above and beyond while replacing visits with phone calls, letter writing and more. Volunteer Coordinator Jane Langely shares more about the role carried out by these very important people.
Filmed here at the St Monica Trust, the award-winning first series of Old People’s Home for 4 Years repeats on Channel 4 on Saturday 16th May at 7.15pm and Saturday 23rd May 2020 at 7pm.
We recently shared with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration about all the hard work our team is putting into tackling social isolation among our residents and customers during COVID-19. Here's what we had to say.
The St Monica Trust’s Community Impact launches a new fund for services that support older people to stay independent and be proactive about their health and well-being.
Westbury Fields care and support service has been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC following an announced inspection.
The St Monica Trust is backing a national awareness campaign to highlight the benefits of intergenerational activities taking part across the UK.
Artist, Mollie Coviello celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at St Monica Trust’s, Sandford Station retirement village.
Westbury-on-Trym has long been one of Bristol's most desirable areas. But what makes it so special? Here we share some of our top tips for places to go and things to do locally.
Comedy fans pile into B Block for an evening of pizza and comedy that raised over £2,000 for The Julian Trust.
St Monica Trust care home rated ‘Outstanding’ by Care Quality Commission inspectors.
St Monica Trust's maintenance supervisor wins praise of Mary Berry with his perfect pear upside down cake.
Lifelong crafters Joan and Rose share how their retirement village craft group brings them together in community and their top tips for beginners this Christmas.
St Monica Trust’s Community Impact team awards £100,000 in funding to local organisations to ‘carry on’ the great work they are doing.
To mark Clinical Audit Awareness Week we've gathered top tips from our care homes that you can apply if and when caring for relatives at home.
The worlds of 5 star hotels and retirement homes might seem miles apart. Roger Hayward, general manager at The Chocolate Quarter retirement village in Keynsham near Bristol, shares how the new development is using lessons hotels and holidays to the benefit of its residents.
The St Monica Trust’s participation in Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds is being featured in a new academic book celebrating the very best of intergenerational learning from around the world.
A carer at a St Monica Trust care home has achieved a notable ‘double’ by winning two awards at two recent awards ceremonies.
Formerly the Fry’s chocolate factory, the St Monica Trust’s Chocolate Quarter retirement village comes with a long and rich history in the Keynsham area.
25 years as a chef has taught Jeremy some valuable lessons. Now he's using them to benefit the residents of a North Somerset retirement community.
B Block sponsored Keynsham 10K raises record amount for young people at boxing charity.
Our pets mean the world to us and that doesn't change as we get older. Here Angela, a resident at The Chocolate Quarter retirement village, shares why choosing a pet-friendly retirement village was so important to her.
Bradley Stoke Youth U16s are looking good for the new season with a new set of training tops sponsored by the St Monica Trust.
Organisations improving the lives of older people invited to apply for new launched by Trust’s Community Impact Team.
The newly-formed Somerdale Pavilion Trust has taken over the running of the Somerdale Pavilion in Keynsham.
There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Keynsham, the historic market town between Bristol and Bath. 18 months on from opening The Chocolate Quarter, our retirement village come community space, here are our favourites so far.
From downsizing and decluttering to locations and looking to the future, moving home in retirement can sometimes feel quite overwhelming. As our residents have all been through the process we asked them for their top tips when planning a retirement move. Here's what they had to say...
"I'm a very crafty person. I'm not very clever, but I'm clever with my hands", retired home economics teacher Esme says as the afternoon sun fills the front room of her home. We pay her a visit to chat about her busy life at Westbury Fields retirement village and leave having learned a lesson or two of our own.
A grant from the St Monica Trust’s community fund is helping a charity that turns business waste into art, craft and play materials, develop activities for older people.
St Monica Trust residents have taken part in a demonstration to see how driverless vehicles could make a difference to their everyday lives.
A Magic Table gifted to the Trust’s Russets dementia care home provides stimulating physical, mental and social activity for residents.
Chief Executive at St Monica Trust, David Williams, shares his story, lessons on intergenerational activities and the journey behind our involvement with Channel 4 programme "Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds" in this episode of The Road to Outstanding podcast.
Funding Alliance releasing £150,000 to help organisations improve their services for older people in Bristol.
“Some people think there’s a kind of glass wall around this place, like they need to stay away because it’s full of ‘old people’.” Douglas, a resident at Sandford Station retirement village in North Somerset, tells us how a railway heritage centre at the heart of the village is helping break down barriers and is welcoming in the wider community.
Domenica does something truly extraordinary. Through a programme of film clubs and food events, computer classes and crafts, she brings the older people at Westbury Fields retirement village together in community, reduces loneliness and changes somebody’s day for the better. She shares the what and why of her role as Community Engagement Coordinator.
Jeffery was lonely. With few local connections and feeling detached from his community, he wanted some help to build his confidence. Anne, a volunteer for our ACE Neighbours project, was just the person for the job. Here's how six months together benefited both of their lives.
“The minute I let my hair go grey I became invisible”, Jo’s friend told her. As Community Engagement Coordinator at The Chocolate Quarter, she shares how the retirement village is challenging preconceptions of ageing and bringing people closer together.
The Chocolate Quarter has won the award for Best Regeneration Project at the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2019.
As we enter the cricket season we speak to Keith and Christine, residents at our Westbury Fields retirement village, about a lifelong passion for the sport and how they found a community within a community with Bishopston Cricket Club, whose main grounds sit at the centre of the village.
At first Dave was anxious about visiting the dementia day service. Then everything changed. From their home in North Bristol, local couple Dave and Diane share their experiences at the Westbury Fields Dementia Day Service, how it’s helped them find new friendships and rediscover their independence.
A little over a year since The Chocolate Quarter opened its doors, we caught up with the very first residents to reserve an apartment in the now award-winning retirement community. Together they share highlights from their first year, their reasons for choosing TCQ and some helpful tips on downsizing.
Open to residents and the public alike, The Chocolate Quarter Art and Pottery Studio is one of the things that makes the Keynsham retirement village quite unique. Here, Artist in Residence Joe Tymkow shares some of his story and how he's using it to inspire creativity in people of all ages.
As autumn rolls on many of us have been venturing outdoors to explore the best gardens the South West has to offer. We spoke to St Monica Trust Gardens Lead Kirsty Frampton about the little known gardens on site at each of the Trust’s 5 retirement communities, in Bristol and North Somerset, and the huge difference they make to residents.
Residents at the Trust’s Russets dementia care home in Sandford have made their own tribute to all those who served in the First World War.
Trust wins Healthcare Caterer of the Year award at the Foodservice Cateys 2018.
Sandford Station resident calls for urgent response to dementia research and diagnosis.
The St Monica Trust’s commitment to achieving excellence in customer service has been recognised with Hospitality Assured’s special 20th Anniversary Award.
Primary school children and residents living with dementia are bridging the generation gap by playing games, doing arts and craft and learning about one another’s lives.
Six leading charitable trusts have joined forces to create a £100,000 fund that will benefit the lives of older people in Bristol.
The nation’s favourite Bristolian grannies return to our television screens this Friday for the new series of Gogglebox.
A new grant programme has opened, aimed at helping to sustain vital older people’s support projects in the county.
The St Monica Trust is pleased to confirm the appointment of Sara Naylor-Wild as its Director of Transformation and Development.
Two St Monica Trust colleagues have been recognised for their outstanding work in the care industry at this year’s Care and Support West Awards.
St Monica Trust is increasing its Community Fund to £1.2 million a year to help improve the lives disadvantaged older people.
The foundation stone has been laid at the former Somerdale factory in Keynsham to mark the start of building works at the St Monica Trust’s fifth retirement community
The former Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Keynsham has been secured for development by the St Monica Trust and will become its fifth retirement community.