17 Oct 21

Celebrating 80 years of Brunelcare

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Celebrating 80 years of Brunelcare

Today marks the 80th anniversary of Brunelcare, and we are incredibly proud of our journey so far.

Our main priority in 1941 was to support Bristol’s older people, a goal which remains true today. We now operate across Bristol, Somerset, and South Gloucestershire, providing person-centred care, housing, and support to over 2000 people.

Our Story

80 years ago today, in 1941, the Old People’s Welfare Committee (OPWC) was founded with one goal: Keep them warm, keep them fed, keep them alive. Founded during the Bristol blitz, our main priority was to support Bristol’s older people in the aftermath of WWII.

One year later the ‘Uganda Hostel’ opened after the people of Uganda raised £1000 for charitable work in England, and became ‘a home for the able-bodied to live independently’. Over the next 16 years, Bristol Older People’s Welfare (BOPW) was incorporated and would go on to acquire several houses in Bristol, meeting our objective to find accommodation for older people.

By 1973, we were providing accommodation for over 900 people and volunteers were delivering over 2,500 hot meals a week to older people across Bristol. We then became Bristol Age Care in 1975.

18 years later our first two care homes, Saffron Court (now Saffron Gardens) and Robinson House opened in response to the increasing support needs of residents, and Robinson House went on to change the way the care teams responded to people living with dementia by introducing ‘dementia care mapping’ to the team. In 1998 we changed our name once more, and Brunelcare was born.

In the following 23 years we went on to become an award-winning charity, opening care homes, reablement centres, extra care housing, retirement villages, sheltered housing and home care offices across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset. Today, in 2021, we provide housing, care and support to over 2000 people.

Brunelcare has undergone many transformations since our inception in 1941, but our goal remains the same: to support people to remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible. We are incredibly proud of our journey so far, and we look forward to continuing to provide high quality housing, care and support for years to come.

To read more about our 80th anniversary, click here.

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