Weavers Lodge: A new beacon of residential living in the welcoming arms of Castle Cary

By Laura Linham

26th Feb 2024 | Local News

Nick Rickwood (inset) will be the manager of Weaver's Lodge at Castle Cary.
Nick Rickwood (inset) will be the manager of Weaver's Lodge at Castle Cary.

A groundbreaking development in supportive living is nearing completion in Castle Cary.

 Weavers Lodge, set to open its doors in late spring, is poised to offer a revolutionary approach to adult residential care amidst unparalleled support and kindness from the local community.

The transformation of the property, formerly known as The Hollies on Florida Street, into Weavers Lodge has been a journey of community engagement and architectural innovation. Purchased by Automony Care Group in October 2022, the site is evolving from a 17-bed elderly care home into a modern facility comprising six-bed residential homes and a two-bed respite service for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.

The building was previously known as The Hollies care home (Credit: Automony Care Group)

As work on the lodge moves towards the end stages, manager Nick Rickwood is hunting for a compassionate and skilled team to help him realise the vision of Weavers Lodge.

Reflecting on the warm reception from Castle Cary, Rickwood said: "The outpouring of support and encouragement we've received from the Castle Cary community has been incredible. From the moment we began this project, locals have gone above and beyond to make us feel welcomed. It's clear that Castle Cary is a place where new initiatives, especially those aimed at supporting the most vulnerable, are embraced with open hearts."

"We've had countless conversations with residents and neighbours, and had lots of cups of tea, and felt the genuine interest and support for what Weavers Lodge aims to achieve. It's not just about creating a state-of-the-art facility; it's about integrating into a community that cares, that understands the importance of giving everyone a chance to thrive. 

"Castle Cary has shown us that, and we're excited to become a part of this beautiful town."

The team are carrying out a huge amount of work on the building (Photo: LL)

Weavers Lodge will not only provide eight large, ensuite bedrooms and communal spaces for permanent and respite support but also a tailored, person-centred approach to care. This ethos is designed to empower individuals with learning disabilities and complex needs, promoting their successful integration into the community.

Highlighting the unique aspects of the service, Rickwood noted, "Our short-term and respite placement support, including features like a securable kitchenette for life skills development, is just one way we're preparing individuals for greater independence. We're committed to creating pathways that respect the dignity and aspirations of every resident."

With the first residents expected to move towards the end of Spring, Nick says he's looking forward to the lodge building ties to the community. 

CGI impression of a finished Weaver's Lodge (Credit: Autonomy Care Group)

"Castle Cary has been nothing short of amazing to us. Our goal at Weavers Lodge is to reflect that kindness back, ensuring that individuals with complex support needs find not just care, but a home and a community that values and supports them on their journey towards independence."


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