On 8 September, Cllr Erica Williams, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, laid the Foundation Stone for the Grace Care Centre OSJCT's new state-of-the-art care centre on the Midland Way site in Thornbury.

Set for completion in late 2017, the new 70 bed dementia care centre being constructed by Castleoak Construction, will be split over three floors and will incorporate a number of features to promote reminiscence as therapy.  The home will be arranged in small "household" units, each having their own homely living area, with sitting room, kitchen and dining area.  The large single bedrooms will all have en suite shower and toilet facilities, although assisted bathrooms are also provided in each household.  All rooms have access to Sky and digital TV, Wi-Fi as well as a 24-hour nurse call facility.  Additional features of the home include a café, craft room, cinema and hair and beauty salon.

The external area will provide safe and secure landscaped gardens with access from each of the ground floor households as well as communal gardens accessible from the café area and living dining rooms.

It was a real pleasure to welcome many members of the local community to this event and also decendants of EM and WG Grace the famous England Cricketers after who the new home is named.

Keep watching this space for updates on our exciting new development.