Brio Retirement Living has announced it will open areas of its development at Beechwood Park in Stow-on-the-Wold as a ‘Warm Hub’ this winter – helping local people in need of warmth or companionship.

Warm Hubs aim to support local people who may be at risk of fuel poverty or may be feeling lonely or isolated. A Warm Hub can be any community building and will provide a warm and friendly environment for people to socialise over refreshments and take part in activities.

Brio will open its doors during set days and times from 1st November 2022, inviting local people over 65 to come inside and stay warm as well as providing information on heating their own homes more efficiently and other local support services.

Places for People’s Karl Hallows is Director of Operations at Brio and said: “People across the Cotswolds – in particular older people – are facing high fuel bills and the prospect of not being able to stay warm. It’s a dreadful position to be in and we want to help as many people as we can in and around our Brio communities.

‘We want to offer respite and ensure this demographic has somewhere that’s not only safe and warm, but somewhere in which they can socialise and enjoy their time.

“There is much to feel sad about in the world right now and we want to counter that with this positive initiative; we will host events and other activities at our developments too, helping give people things to look forward to in the coming months.”

Beechwood Park is an age-exclusive community, situated in the picturesque market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, in the Cotswolds. This highly acclaimed ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators) registered integrated retirement development, features a stunning new collection of homes, where the one, two and three-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom bungalows, are now available to buy, rent, or part buy, part rent.

All homes come with their own outdoor space as well as access to landscaped gardens; there is also an extensive range of facilities including a contemporary wellness suite, hobby room, roof terrace, landscaped gardens, fitness studio and outdoor exercise trail, plus the Slate & Grain brasserie, bar and coffee lounge – the venue of the Warm Hub.

Brio offers modern retirement that is attainable for all, and each development has staff on hand as well as a range of care and support packages which can be delivered by a local and qualified domiciliary care provider with personal assistants who can help with everything from washing, bathing, dressing, preparing meals, attending medical or other appointments as well as providing management of medication or short-term care during illness or recuperation to palliative care.

Karl concludes: “We have created a well-thought-out provision of amenities that provide customers with a safe and secure environment in which they can live life to the full, and it is our pleasure to extend this out to other older people in each Brio neighbourhood who may need to use our facilities this winter.”

Beechwood Park will be open to over 65s every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am till 4pm starting on the 1st of November until end of December 2022.

Soup and a roll will be made available and charged at £1. In additional, coffee and tea will also be available and again charged at £1 each.

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