Copelands FAQs

What is Copelands?

Copelands is a 60-bed, state-of-the-art facility designed to support those in need of high-quality care, including those living with dementia. Copelands will provide market leading care in Northern Ireland encompassing everything needed to create a genuine home from home where people can enjoy fulfilling and spontaneous lives.

Owned and managed by Belfast Central Mission (BCM), all the features are designed to evoke feelings of safety and belonging, particularly important for people on their journey with dementia. It’s a new view of caring for older people.

Where is Copelands?

Copelands is situated between Millisle and Donaghadee on the beautiful County Down coast. It has stunning sea views to the front and looks across soft rolling countryside to the rear.

What model of care will be used?

The building has been designed to provide key features of the ‘Household Model of Care’ which was first established in America. The residents will be further supported by a bespoke care model “BUTTONS”, already developed and piloted by BCM’s award-winning residential care team at Kirk House.

When will Copelands open?

We anticipate that Copelands will be open to its first residents in Spring 2021.

Who will be eligible to live there?

Anyone aged 65 years and over who requires high quality care.

What facilities will be available?

Copelands will comprise of six households, each with 10 residents. All rooms will be spacious with full ensuite wet rooms and each will have either its own balcony/patio area or a window seat, with a folding sofa bed to enable resident’s relatives to stay, for example during end of life care. Each household will have its own front door, kitchen and living area as well as access to a communal outdoor area, so that it will evoke memories of ‘home’ for someone who is starting to suffer from the stress of memory loss and diminished cognitive ability. A communal café-style area will provide a comfortable place where residents can meet with each other, their family or friends. A hair salon/spa, cinema and dedicated worship space will be available for the residents.

Will there be organised activities for residents?

Yes, there will be a weekly activities programme to fully utilise the communal indoor and outdoor space which includes a rooftop garden. There will also be regular events to which family members, friends and the local community will be invited. Our aim is to ensure that Copelands becomes very much a part of the local community.

If I am interested how do I find out about the employment opportunities at Copelands?

Jobs will be advertised in the local press, job centres and via our website and social media.

How can I volunteer my time at Copelands?

Volunteering opportunities will be shown on our website. Or, if you have an idea of how you could help, you can contact our Community Services Manager at

How can I register my interest in accommodation for either myself or a relative/family member?

You can register your interest by completing an online form here. You will be contacted nearer the time and an assessment of the potential resident’s needs will be carried out at that stage.