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Stirlings Front


Garston Lane
OX12 7AX
United Kingdom

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A warm welcome to our home

  • Residential Care
  • Respite Care
  • Vaccinated against COVID-19

Set in peaceful and beautifully tended grounds, the home is located in a quiet residential location, near to the historic centre of Wantage. The town centre is within walking distance and there are local amenities close by, including a community hospital, health centre, shops, library and museum.

Sitrlings bedroom

Residents can enjoy the daily social activities going on in the central communal areas with the hairdressing salon open during the week. The sensory room and landscaped gardens are often occupied with residents to relax and enjoy time with their family and friends.

Stirlings outside

Each private bedroom is a residents’ personal haven and there are cosy living areas in each of the households, along with kitchenettes and dining rooms. For those who join us for respite care, all of the facilities remain available including individual en-suite bedrooms, our delicious home cooked meals and daily activities.

Resident painting

Services & Facilities

Our friendly, professionally trained team are on hand around the clock to support our residents, ensuring they spend their day how they wish and enabling them to enjoy a fulfilling and independent lifestyle.

The attentive care team focus on the individual needs of the residents, with a tailored care plan for each person. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for our residents by creating lovely, comfortable, homely surroundings and by providing care, activities and other services designed around each resident’s needs and wishes.


Meet the team

The talented chef and kitchen team prepare tasty, home-cooked meals on site daily from our own kitchens. We source quality produce for our excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. All-day dining is available for lighter meals and snacks and all dishes are carefully balanced to get the best nutritional value and cater for individual dietary requirements and preferences.


Seasonal produce is chosen whenever possible and of course, relatives and friends are always welcome to join us. The menus change daily and the kettle is always on. Our chef bakes every day so there is always a fresh cake for residents, friends and family to enjoy.

Each of the households has their own small kitchen dining room where residents can take their meals if they wish. Residents are also encouraged to help prepare their own food and to make snacks whenever they choose.

Download sample food menu

Whether it’s wet or dry outside, we at OSJCT feel that activities are essential in providing the best caring environment to live in.

Hobbies don’t simply stop when living with us at Stirlings. We have a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who works closely with our residents to create a programme of fulfilling activities and events, tailored around each resident’s requests, hobbies and interests. The programme of events and activities provide a source of fun and laughter, to help each resident live their life to the full and make new friendships.

We are also fortunate to have the support of many volunteers of all ages from the local community, strengthening our links to this thriving market town. Here is a sample of activities on offer:

  • Trips to garden centres, cafés, pub’s, sporting events, National Trust parks, wildlife parks, aquariums and museums.
  • Visit from Pets as Therapy Dogs
  • Exercise and wellness activities, for example Seated Yoga, Zumba
  • Fun activities with the local toddler and nursery groups
  • Board game competitions and quizzes
  • Music therapy sessions
  • Gardening
  • Arts and crafts
  • Communal Church services
  • Visit from a pop-up farm including ponies, sheep and goats
  • Visit from Paro, a therapeutic robotic seal

OSJCT Activities Guide

Download sample activities schedule

With so many well-being activities for body and mind on offer, we also recognise that everyone needs some personal space for relaxation and mindfulness for personal reflection. The cosy lounges offer an opportunity for some quiet time or to host family and friends.

And that’s not all:

We’ve had silent discos, hoe downs, Chinese banquets, Oscar parties and so much more.

Many of the activities feature Reminiscence Therapy to aid those living with Dementia to remember events, people and places using sight, touch, taste, smell and sound.

As we are within a vibrant community, there's never a dull moment. We run regular activities for all to join in:

  • Coffee afternoons on Wednesdays
  • Care home open day
  • Summer and Autumn Fetes
  • Christmas Party’s

View our full events calendar to see more upcoming events taking place at Stirlings.

December 2021

Care fees vary depending on the level of care required and this will be confirmed upon completion of a care assessment prior to moving into the home.

Below is indicative pricing per week for self-funded residents.

Care TypeFees FromFees To
Residential long term£1040£1070
Residential respite£1140£1170

Our home charges self-funder rates for the services we provide. We accept third party top ups for individuals funded by the Local Authority up to the self-funder rate.

We understand that paying for long-term care can often be a complex subject, and with several options available to you it can be confusing. You will find helpful guidance on our Paying For Care page.

Key Facts

The Key Facts document contains information regarding this care home which can be used in comparison with other care homes or can be printed for reference and brought with you when you visit the home.

Stirlings Key Facts

Meet the team

Home Manager

Lisa Duffy is the Home Manager at Stirlings in Wantage. The home has 40 residents that are looked after by a dedicated team of over 50 people which includes; catering and housekeeping teams, an Activity Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant, and the care team who are led by the Care Leaders and overseen by the Head of Care.

Lisa Duffy has worked for the Trust for over 11 years in a variety of roles starting as a Housekeeper in one of our sister homes and progressing through to Carer, Care Leader and then Head of Care. As part of her Head of Care role Lisa took on a peripatetic role and travelled around the Oxfordshire homes delivering training and assisting the care teams. She was also an interim Home Manager for a period in one of our homes before taking on the permanent Home Manager role at Stirlings.

Lisa has completed her NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care, and her level 5 Diploma in Care Home Management. She has also undertaken a Leadership course to compliment her Diploma.

Lisa completed a skydive in Spring 2017 to raise money for the home which saw the residents taking a trip to Bournemouth for some fish and chips by the sea.

Lisa strives to ensure that all of the residents are well cared for and are happy and content, she prides herself on being approachable and helpful wherever possible.

Activity Coordinator

As Activities Coordinator, Angela is passionate about providing residents at Stirlings with the best possible experiences to enhance their wellbeing. She sees working in care as her calling in life and approaches each day as a new chance to help people.

Angela has almost a decade of experience in coordinating activities in a care environment and has many qualifications supporting her deep knowledge of caring for those with dementia. She takes great satisfaction from helping people to continue with the hobbies and interests they have had their whole lives but equally loves being able to provide them with brand new experiences too.

Whether jumping out of a plane to raise money, completing the Tough Mudder for charity, taking a former ice skater back onto the ice after 50 years, writing poetry with residents or working with Oxford University on a study into therapeutic robots, there is rarely a dull moment in Angela’s line of work. Her great work for the Trust was recognised when Angela was named OSJCT’s Oxfordshire Activity Coordinator of the year in 2016.

Angela finds time to meditate every day and enjoys attending boxing exercise classes and expanding her spiritual interests.

Care Leader

Tarryn joined Stirlings in 2017 as the home's Admin Assistant and is now one of the home's Care Leaders. She has several years' experience of working in care and holds NVQs in Business, Management, Dementia and End of Life Care.

Tarryn enjoys the variety of tasks she is responsible for; no two days in her role are the same. She loves connecting with residents and her care background means she better understands how dementia can affect the lives of the some of the people who have chosen to make Stirlings their home.

Tarryn’s young children keep her busy when she is not in work and she loves spending time with them and her family.

Administrative Assistant

Vicki joined Stirlings in April 2019 with no experience of a care home. Having come from a finance background it was a very different path with lots of new challenges.  

The first thing that became apparent was the level of care from not just the carers but the whole team within Stirlings. Every resident is treated with care, compassion and dignity, and even in very difficult times a positive friendly aura surrounds the home. 

As well as dealing with day to day admin, Vicki plays an important part in the early stages of a new family making their initial enquiries to become a resident moving into the home. It is this part of the role that Vicki enjoys the most. Family members and new residents can find the whole process very scary; they can be unsure of the decision they have made, but seeing how they settle in so quickly, with the help of all the staff, is extremely rewarding.

Vicki loves to spend time with her three children and has two energetic dogs which keep her busy.

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