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Consider whether an almshouse is right for you or not


There are bound to be many questions when considering whether an almshouse is right for you or someone you know. Here are some of the more commonly asked ones. You will have others and we welcome all enquiries.

Almshouses have been part of this country’s life for generations and still play an important role in providing charitable housing for those in need.  The majority of the Trusts’ properties are one-bedroomed self-contained unfurnished dwellings specially designed with the needs of older people in mind.  The aim is to provide convenient and comfortable accommodation in a setting which allows residents to come and go as they please.  Our almshouses provide security and residents are encouraged to make friends. All our almshouses have an emergency call system in place, in an emergency, such as sudden illness or after a fall, a resident can summon help. 

Unfortunately, the Trust do not accept pets.

A record of applicants suitable for interview is kept, but vacant dwellings are always allocated on priority of need.

Unfortunately, there is no limit, a property only becomes available if somebody vacates.  Your application will need to be resubmitted every twelve months.

The Trust employs Welfare Officers, however they do not provide any form of nursing care to residents. Our accommodation is suitable for independent living, so you must to be able to look after yourself, with support, if necessary, from a Social Care package.

The Hartley Trust manages the maintenance of the grounds and the repair and upkeep of the buildings. Residents are responsible for keeping their own homes in good condition.

The maintenance charge supports the running costs of the almshouses, this is reviewed every two years.

Please click on the link below for an application form, which asks for your personal and financial details and references. Or telephone 01635 551530.

All our properties are no smoking or vaping.

The Trust arranges a Christmas and Summer lunch for all residents. Social activities such as coffee mornings and coach trips are offered, any other social events would be arranged by the residents.

Residents are beneficiaries of the Charitable Trust who are licensed to stay in the almshouse for as long as they meet the terms of their residency, this is almost always given for a lifetime. The Trust want to help residents live comfortable, satisfying lives and our almshouses generally remain a resident’s home for as long as they are able to live independently.