Southern Books Community Partnerships Gets £500 Boost from McCarthy & Stone

05 June 2019

Southern Brooks Community Partnerships in Patchway – the organisation that aims to build sustainable communities to reduce poverty, loneliness and isolation – has received a £500 donation from McCarthy and Stone, the retirement housebuilder behind the new Hamilton House development in Charlton Hayes.

Founded in 1988, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships runs a community café and youth centre, and works with families, older people, children and young people to provide practical support, from training courses to job clubs to one-to-one care. 

For older people, it provides a number of groups and initiatives to help over 60s stay healthy, independent and connected, from woodwork, to crafts and gardening.  It was this focus on enriching the lives of local people and helping them maintain an independent retirement that provided perfect partnership opportunity for McCarthy and Stone.

Gilly Mintern, Sales Executive at McCarthy and Stone, presented the cheque to Ternaya Cummings, Employment Skills and Youth Development Manager, at The Patch Youth Centre.

Julie Close, Chief Executive of Southern Brooks Community Partnerships, comments:  “Southern Brooks Community Partnerships has been established for over 30 years and our initiatives provide invaluable support to all members of the local community. We rely on the generosity of local partners to maintain our services, so this donation from McCarthy and Stone is fantastic.   

“We plan to put the funds towards rebranding our Youth Centre in Patchway.  Our young community has been heavily involved in this project, and are renaming it ‘The Patch’, so the money will help provide new signage and other items to give the centre a fresh new look.  This is an exciting time for youth services in Patchway, so are really grateful to have the support to make it a reality.”

Ciara Hilley, Divisional Marketing Manager, for McCarthy and Stone Southern, added: “As a company, we appreciate our responsibilities go further than building quality retirement apartments, and we also seek to create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build.  

“When we were looking for a charity to support near our Hamilton House development, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships stood out for the health and wellbeing benefits it provides to the community. 

“As a developer which strives to enrich the lives of local people – both young and old - by helping them feel connected to a community they can be proud of - it was our absolute pleasure to present this donation.  We wish them every success with their ongoing contribution to the community.”

Combining the best in modern living and low-maintenance design, the spacious one and two-bedroom privately-owned apartments at Hamilton House offers the perfect solution for retirees who are looking to maintain their independence while enjoying the peace-of-mind provided by additional security measures.

Designed for the over 60s, Hamilton House features a homeowners’ lounge which is ideal for socialising with friends and a hotel-style guest suite for when friends or relatives wish to stay.  The landscaped gardens, herb garden and boules court are maintained by a team of experts; while a House Manager is on hand to take care of the smooth-running of the development. 

A security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points provide added reassurance for homeowners and their families. 

Hamilton House is situated in a new suburb, six miles north of Bristol city centre, and within easy access of a host of local amenities, including a supermarket, hairdressers and bank.  Homeowners will also benefit from excellent transport links, including local bus stops within walking distance and a train station just over a mile away. 

Prices at Hamilton House currently start from just £175,000 for a one bedroom apartment and £245,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.

For more information on Hamilton House, call 0800 201 4742 or visit

Southern Brooks Community Partnerships will host its Annual Celebration in November, which celebrates the partners that have provided support throughout the year.  For more information on other forthcoming events and current initiatives, please go to