Radford Care Group announces Nottingham expansion plans

Local Nottingham charity, Radford Care Group (RCG), has announced plans to expand its Care Centre on Prospect Street in Radford.

Founded in 1968, the charity specialises in offering support to older people living in Nottingham. Its friendship groups offer refreshments and a hot lunch from Monday to Friday, along with organised activities such as: exercise, entertainment, arts and crafts, as well as short and long day trips.

In 1997 the Radford Care Group extended its services to offer day care provision for the more frail elderly giving valuable respite to their carers and access to a carers’ support group. They also provide specialist information for carers of loved ones with dementia.

In response to growing need within the community, the charity hopes to increase the size and capacity of its Care Centre. The proposed plans would involve demolishing the existing building and constructing a larger centre in its place, offering carers and users a more adaptable and welcoming space.

Jill Davies from RCG, said: “We have outgrown our existing building considerably, so the prospect of getting a new, purpose-built centre is incredibly exciting. It will enable us to support more people, more of the time. We would be able to offer care seven days a week instead of five, and provide considerably more training, employment and volunteering opportunities.”

The new centre would include a bespoke training centre for local people who are considering a future in care. The RCG would offer in-house training for study and course work, interspersed with hands-on training right from the start. 

Local property and construction consultants, Gleeds, are advising Radford Care Group on the project’s feasibility and planning stages, whilst architects CPMG, provide initial design services.

Nick Gregory, Director at CPMG Architects, said: “The Radford Care group is a fantastic organisation doing incredibly valuable work in the local community despite its facilities no longer being fit for purpose. The existing building has provided an excellent venue for the older generation for more than 47 years, but the group now is in need of somewhere new to continue its invaluable work in the area.

“The proposed design will create a light; airy and flexible facility which will increase the group’s potential to support the growing aging population. We are delighted to be working with such an incredible organisation.”

Gleeds Director, Anthony Cork, added: “This is a very special project that offers huge potential for the Radford Care Group to offer even more friendship and care to those who may find it increasingly difficult to socialise, or keep active. We very much look forward to supporting the charity as they embark on this exciting journey.”