£12m vil­lage will boost Manch­ester wel­fare

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

MANCH­ESTER CITY Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sir Howard Bern­stein, per­formed the cer­e­mo­nial cut­ting of turf to mark the start of a £12 mil­lion care vil­lage pro­ject for Manch­ester Jewry in Dids­bury.

The de­vel­op­ment is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Mor­ris Fein­mann Homes Trust and spe­cial­ist care op­er­a­tor Be­long. Set to open in sum­mer 2017, it will pro­vide six spe­cial­ist house­holds, each de­signed to ac­com­mo­date 12 res­i­dents. It will also in­cor­po­rate fa­cil­i­ties for wider use, in­clud­ing a syn­a­gogue, ex­er­cise stu­dio, a kosher bistro and an in­ter­net café.

Sir Howard said that Be­long had “pi­o­neered an in­no­va­tive model for older peo­ple’s care that has rede­fined the tra­di­tional care home”. Fein­mann trust chair, Alan Wilkins, added that the de­vel­op­ment “will cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment for the Jewish com­mu­nity that is fit for pur­pose in the 21st cen­tury. It of­fers the best in build­ing de­sign, to­gether with the very latest ap­proaches in care for older peo­ple, and will pro­vide a rich pro­gramme of Jewish re­li­gious and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties to main­tain a strong Jewish ethos through­out the vil­lage.”

Founded in 1947 to of­fer shel­ter and as­sis­tance to refugees and Holo­caust sur­vivors, the Fein­mann trust evolved to sup­port the residential and nurs­ing care of the older Jewish com­mu­nity.

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