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.
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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.
The St Monica Trust is pleased to confirm the appointment of Kevin Hall as its new Chief Operating Officer.
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.