About Copelands


About Copelands

Copelands is BCM’s flagship project, providing practice-leading care and encompassing everything needed to create a genuine home from home where people can enjoy fulfilling and spontaneous lives. Our aim is to provide the best possible care to older people, including those living with dementia.


  • Person-centred care and choice for residents
  • Dementia Gold standard design
  • Exemplar building with spacious rooms and extensive communal space
  • Beautiful coastal setting providing therapeutic environment for residents

Welcome from Copelands Manager

My name is Gill Finlay and I am the Nurse Manager here at Copelands.

My team and I are passionate about what we do and will ensure Copelands is a place where each resident is treated with dignity and respect and receives the highest standard of care.

Myself and my team are compassionate, enthusiastic and dedicated. We promote person centred care, and our residents’ wellbeing and happiness are at the forefront of everything we do. Our aim is for each resident to live as full a life as possible and I encourage their families and friends to be included in all aspects of daily life in Copelands.

Please get in touch if you would like to speak to me about how life in Copelands might look for you or your loved one.



About BCM

BCM was established in 1889 as a Christian response to social problems in inner-city Belfast.   Today it works throughout Northern Ireland to help the whole person through its diverse professional social care programme and community projects.   BCM works throughout all communities providing support and practical help for a cross-section of society.
Activities include: housing support and supported housing for vulnerable young people; Parent Support for young care leavers and families; Therapeutic Counselling for vulnerable young people; residential and housing support for older people; community based support for older people.

About the area

Situated snugly between the Irish Sea and the rolling drumlin countryside of Co. Down, Copelands enjoys an enviable position in an area steeped in history.

Copelands lies on the outskirts of Millisle, which means “meadow of the hill” and the local Ballycopeland Windmill, a late 18th century tower mill, can still be visited today.  It played a vital role during the Second World War when it provided a haven for Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia who had been evacuated as part of the ‘Kindertransport’ between 1939 – 1948. 

Donaghadee (from Irish: Domhnach Daoi, meaning “Daoi’s church”) lies on the northeast coast of the Ards Peninsula, about 18 miles east of Belfast. Best known for its lighthouse and harbour, it has been a haven for ships for centuries. The Motte dates back to 1818 and today is part of a public park, giving views across the town and seawards towards the Copeland Islands.

We are proud to be joining this rich history and we plan to work closely with a variety of local groups to establish close links with the Millisle and Donaghadee communities.


Some of our Staff

We are blessed to have such a fantastic team of dedicated and experienced professionals working at Copelands for the benefit of all who call it home and their families.


Gill Finlay


Julie Donnan

Team Leader

Abbey Hunter

Care Worker

Get In Touch With Us

Whether you are considering residential care for yourself or a loved one, or you are interested in working at Copelands, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

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