Belong has officially opened its intergenerational care village in Chester – home to both older people and young children living and learning together.
The £21m village incorporates six 24-hour care ‘households’, 23 apartments, as well as the children’s nursery. Centred around amenities, including a bistro, hair salon and exercise studio, the site is open to the public, creating an environment for customers and the community. Its homecare service, Belong at Home, is also based at the location.
Belong Chester is the eighth village in the dementia specialist’s group and its fourth in the Cheshire, with other sites in Crewe, Macclesfield and Warrington.
The Chester facility supports older people to live independently, with the site’s integrated day nursery, operated by national charity, Ready Generations. The nursery children feature in the daily life of residents and tenants, including shared mealtimes, stories, arts and crafts, and exercise.
‘We invite everyone who has yet to visit us to come and say hello, see what we have to offer, and enjoy a coffee in our bistro, now we have officially arrived,’ Patrick Butler, general manager at Belong Chester.
Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Sheila Little officially opened the development and Sankofa Songsters, the village’s intergenerational choir, performed.
‘This is a particularly exciting and innovative development as it includes a nursery, which benefits both the children who attend and the residents who visit to play and read to them. I look forward to visiting again to see how the village is growing and developing,’ said Cllr Little.