Life at Beaverbrook House, our retirement home in Bletchley 

Chris Rayner

Beaverbrook House is our purpose built retirement home in Bletchley. We spoke to Home Manager Chris, about what residents can expect and why it’s such a good place to live. 

Tell us a bit about what makes Beaverbrook unique?

Beaverbrook has a true community spirit, with residents who help and support each other. The activities and entertainment on offer come as part and parcel of being a resident in the home. We want to build on that sense of community by providing social opportunities for everyone so people can regularly get together and make new friends.

How would you describe the Beaverbrook community?

Members of the Beaverbrook community are very helpful, very friendly and very respectful to each other. Residents are supported to live their lives how they want, joining in with social events as much or as little as they want to. There’s no pressure.

What do you think people get from living at Beaverbrook that they may not get in other retirement developments?

I’m proud of the fact that we prioritise in-person, face-to-face morning welfare calls, which makes them much more personal than they are in many other sheltered housing developments. Because the majority of home maintenance is managed centrally by the charity, I can spend most of my time on resident welfare, which is different to other retirement homes, where managers usually have to balance welfare with more practical demands on their time.

Tell us a bit about the activities you put on for residents

We run a varied activities programme, with regular and one-off events, open to the whole Beaverbrook community. Our regular activities include things like bingo, ‘knit and natter’, art class, coffee mornings and a chair-based exercise class. Seasonal and one-off events are things like an Easter breakfast, and plenty of chances to get together at Christmas time. I’m steadily building the activities programme so there is still more to come.

If someone’s thinking of moving into Beaverbrook, what would you say to them?

I’d suggest they come and have a look around, so I can take them for a walk around the building and grounds and answer any questions they have. Overall, it’s a great place for retirement living, so I’d say, you’re welcome to come, take a look for yourself, and find out more.

There are currently vacancies at Beaverbrook House. To arrange to look around or discuss your circumstances, please contact our welfare team on 01293 542820 or email 

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