What are Almshouses?

‘Almshouses have been part of this country's life for many generations and they continue to play a crucial role today in providing accommodation for those in need throughout the United Kingdom. They also make a significant contribution to our national heritage in maintaining many fine, ancient buildings.’
 
HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of the National Almshouse Association
 
From the website of the National Almshouse Association:
 
Almshouses today:
 
'While many of us may be aware of the many ancient and fine almshouse buildings dotted all over the country, few perhaps realise how vibrant and progressive the almshouse movement is today. '
 
'Upgrading listed buildings is complex and expensive, requiring planning and conservation consent. Striking the right balance between offering the highest standards while preserving the historic fabric demands patience and close liaison with the authorities.'
 
'Of greatest importance is to ensure that residents have dignity, freedom and independence to live their lives as they see fit within a safe and secure environment. Almshouses are considered homes for life, with care packages being provided by social services if and when residents need additional help. Whilst there are over 400 wardens or scheme managers employed by almshouse charities, and a number of larger charities offer extra care and even residential care, the general position is that almshouse residents should be capable of independent living.'

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Spires

Spires

Spires is a South London based charity that helps hundreds of homeless and disadvantaged people all year round. We work to improve the quality of life of people who are homeless, insecurely housed, unemployed or suffering from the effects of poverty, mental ill health and loneliness. By offering a range of help and developmental services through our centre and outreach sessions, our aim is to enable our service users to move away from the chaos of the streets and towards greater lifestyle stability for a brighter and more hopeful future.

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Solace Women’s Aid

Solace Women’s Aid

Solace Women’s Aid’s vision is of a world where women and children live their lives free from domestic and sexual abuse. Solace Women’s Aid exists to bring to an end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors and in particular women and children. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.

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St Mathews Project

St Mathews Project

The St. Matthew’s Project started life in the summer of 2004 and has developed, literally, from a kick-about in the local park for young people from one estate in Brixton, St. Matthew’s.

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The Nehemiah Project

The Nehemiah Project

For over 20 years The Nehemiah Project has been helping vulnerable men and ex-offenders to rebuild their lives, both in prison and out in the community. Almost all have a history of crime and addiction which has severely affected them, their families and the wider community.

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Stockwell Good Neighbours

Stockwell Good Neighbours

Stockwell Good Neighbours is a charitable organisation that provides a weekly club for older, mainly West Indian elders but is inclusive to all over 60. There are 70 members who meet on a Monday at the Oval House theatre, Kennington to take part in a wide range of activities designed to keep minds and bodies active.

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Clapham Park Project

Clapham Park Project

The Clapham Park Project was established in 2000 as an Area Based Initiative delivery vehicle for a New Deal for Communities (N.D.C) Programme in Clapham Park. The neighbourhood was one of Lambeth’s most disadvantaged areas, it had been long neglected with sub-standard housing, significant levels of deprivation, worklessness, poverty and crime.

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Norwood & Brixton FoodBank

Norwood & Brixton FoodBank

to support a new initiative, the ‘Eat Well Spend Less’ project which is designed to encourage healthy but cheap eating.

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Basaira Elderly Centre (South Streatham)

Basaira Elderly Centre (South Streatham)

in South Streatham to support the running costs of a drop-in centre for elderly people from the local community

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Lambeth Mencap

Lambeth Mencap

Lambeth Mencap is grateful to The Thrale Almshouse and Relief In Need Charity for their generous donation towards the running of the 25+ Club. Established in 1953 Lambeth Mencap is an independent local voluntary charity affiliated to, but financially independent from National Mencap. We provide a variety of services and activities to people with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families and carers. We currently support over 300 people in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

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Outings for older South Londoners

Outings for older South Londoners

Helping over 55's get out and about Based in Streatham in South West London, OOSL provides transported local day outings to places of interest such as galleries and museums - and occasional group holidays

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The Advocacy Academy (Brixton)

The Advocacy Academy (Brixton)

The Advocacy Academy is a transformational Social Justice Fellowship for young people who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Across eight intense months, we support young leaders from marginalised communities to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

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