Breaking Ground: A Monumental Milestone for Grenville House:

On the bright and promising morning of March 18th, a significant event unfolded in the heart of Plymouth, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the community. The Breaking Ground ceremony held for Grenville House, a project aimed at providing independent living for longer for residents aged 60+, was a momentous occasion that brought together key stakeholders, partners, and supporters to celebrate the start of construction.

Plymouth Charity Trust trustees, alongside valued collaborators including ADG Architects, Ward Williams Associates, Plymouth Chronicle, Brand Biscuit Studio, Tom Carder Media and The Social Planner, gathered eagerly to witness this pivotal moment. With anticipation in the air, guests gathered as the Lord Mayor of Plymouth took centre stage, poised to cut the ribbon and officially declare the site open for construction.

Underneath the warm sun, amidst a backdrop of optimism and enthusiasm, the Lord Mayor addressed the gathered crowd, expressing heartfelt sentiments about the positive impact that Grenville House will have on the community. His words echoed the shared vision of creating a space where individuals can live independently for longer, with the need for accessible facilities paramount to the demographic of our residents, fostering a sense of empowerment and inclusion for all whilst upholding the values of the present day Almshouses.

One of our favourite quotes from the Lord Mayor – “I don’t believe I’ve worn high-vis and chains before”.

Dave Smith from Studio Toad, diligently scribed the entire event. His efforts will immortalise this historic occasion in a time capsule, destined to be placed within the walls of the new build. This thoughtful gesture serves as a testament to the significance of Grenville House and its enduring legacy for generations to come.

Following the ceremonial proceedings, attendees were invited to continue the discussions at the iconic Dome on Plymouth Hoe. Against the stunning backdrop of the sea, guests gathered for a delightful lunch and drinks, basking in the joy and camaraderie of the occasion. It was a moment of unity and reflection, as stakeholders came together to honour the collective efforts that had brought Grenville House from vision to reality.

The significance of the Breaking Ground event extends far beyond the ceremonial act of turning soil. It symbolises a commitment to progress, innovation, and community resilience. Grenville House represents more than just bricks and mortar; it embodies the values of independence, sanctuary, and stability that lie at the heart of the Plymouth Charity Trust’s mission.

As construction commences and Grenville House begins to take shape, it serves as a beacon of hope and possibility for the future. It stands as a testament to what can be achieved when individuals and organisations unite in pursuit of a common goal. Through dedication, collaboration, and unwavering determination, Grenville House will soon stand as a testament to the transformative power of community-driven initiatives.

As we anticipate challenges and victories ahead, our commitment to Grenville House’s vision remains unwavering, thanks to our partners and community support.

Together, we’ll create a safe sanctuary for the elderly, fostering independence and well-being. Let’s carry the optimism of the Breaking Ground ceremony forward, driven by our shared vision. With gratitude for all who contributed, Plymouth Charity Trust will continue breaking new ground, forging a legacy of compassion and inclusion for generations to come.

Plymouth Charity Trust is dedicated to supporting independent living for longer.

If you haven’t seen the video we created at the beginning of this journey, please head here.

If you have a loved one aged 60+ and who is retired, who you think may benefit from becoming a resident here at Plymouth Charity Trust, please feel free to contact us.

We have an eligibility checker on our website and many frequently asked questions that may help if you are unsure about anything. We would also be very happy to pick up the phone to you at any time, by calling 01752 663107.

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