PEOPLE interested in working at a new £8 million care village being built in Bradford will be able to get more details about employment opportunities at two events tomorrow and next Thursday.

The million Gateway care village complex in Dudley Hill will provide accommodation for more than 90 residents, catering for people with a range of needs. It will aim to become a centre of excellence for dementia care and residential care for older people with additional needs.

About 140 jobs for managers, carers and ancillary staff are also being created at the complex which us due for completion next July.

The two drop-in information events will be held from 4.30pm at Ebenezer Methodist Church tomorrow and at Home Christian centre on Thursday, December 4, also from 4.30pm.

Former care business owner Jill Kemp, now a member of the Gateway senior management team, said the company wanted a large turnout and for people to ask any questions they wanted.

In addition to details about potential employment opportunities, representatives from Bradford Council will be on hand to answer queries about wider care issues.

Jill Kemp said: " We hope to see a large turnout at the events which have been promoted by leaflets and posters, including at the bingo hall on Tong Street. People interested in working at Gateway do not require previous care experience as we have a full training programme, including apprenticeships, and will start recruiting from March."

Gateway is keen to employ local people from the BD3 and BD4 areas.

Those attending the information events will be asked to give their views on the proposed interior design of the centre and can enter a prize draw.

The project, which is being funded by the Leeds city region Local Enterprise Partnership Business Growth Programme and Yorkshire Bank, is being built by specialist healthcare construction firm Walter Thompson.

Miss Kemp said the Gateway scheme was the result of five years of planning and marked the beginning of a new chapter in Bradford’s care provision. It is the first location in the north to apply the ‘Contented Dementia’ model providing measurable outcomes.

“It marks an exciting stage in a long-term plan to create a care environment which offers exemplary specialist dementia care for older people in Bradford,” she said.

The development followed consultation with the dementia mapping team at the University of Bradford, Stirling University’s dementia design team, the Contented Dementia Trust and Bradford Council’s adult services team.