It’s all in the name: Southmead pupils lend a helping hand to local care home

A local primary school has named the suites at a brand new care home in Southmead.

Pupils from Horfield Primary School took part in a competition to name the three suites at Care UK’s new care home, Henleaze Gardens on Southmead Road.

The children put their heads together to come up with a list of names that have cultural or historical significance to them and the local area, and these were then whittled down to the top three by the Care UK team.

When Henleaze Gardens opens in November 2019, the suites will be known as: the ‘Orchid Suite,’ the ‘Waterlily Suite,’ and the ‘Willow Suite’, tying in with the history around the home’s name, and reflecting the importance of Henleaze Lake, which has been a key part of local life for years.

Care UK has presented the school with book tokens to say thank you for the pupils’ hard work.

Claire Ellam, development project manager at Care UK, said: “As we gear up to welcome the first residents to the home later this year, the all-important naming of the suites within the care home is a key consideration – and this presented an excellent opportunity to work with Horfield Primary School.

“The ideas the pupils put forward were all of a very high standard, and we’re really pleased with the three final names.”

Jenny Taylor, headteacher at the school, added: “We were thrilled when Care UK asked to work with us on this exciting new venture here in Southmead. The children had a great time researching the local history to help them come up with three suite names.”

Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, the new care home will incorporate space for hobby and leisure activities, as well as a hair salon, cinema and cafe. The layout of the building will be configured into a series of individual suites, each having a dedicated lounge/dining room to help facilitate the creation of close-knit communities.

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