Alison Peake has been appointed General Manager of specialist care village Belong Newcastle, which will provide nursing and dementia care services in early 2018.
Alison has extensive experience through her previous roles as Lead Nurse at Belong’s Crewe care village and as a Hospital Matron and Hospital Director.
“I’m delighted to be taking up this post with Belong Newcastle and look forward to the months ahead as we prepare for opening and start to recruit to key positions in the village,” Alison said.
The Belong Newcastle site incorporates the Maxims nightclub building as well as the Belong Heritage Gallery, thanks to a £1.8m grant from the Belong Heritage Gallery.
The gallery will include a range of facilities designed to celebrate the building’s heritage, including Sammy Bell’s Tea Room, a recreation of the Old Pomona Inn and a reminiscence gallery. A timeline will chart its history from its origins as a 17th century home, through to its development as Newcastle’s first pottery, a staging coach inn and more recently its incarnation as Maxims nightclub.
Alison added: “This is set to be a very special village for us due to the unique opportunities that will be created by the Belong Heritage Gallery and we are really excited about its potential to engage people with dementia in new and meaningful ways.”
Belong’s Deputy Chief Executive, Tracy Paine, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Alison to lead the Newcastle team – she has vast experience in working with older people and is very passionate about the care village model.
“We are sure that her enthusiasm for this role and warm personality will be a great asset to the new village.”