Our almshouse accommodation currently consists of 14 bungalows and cottages in Randalls Close, Bromham.
Our almshouses are managed for us by Bedford Citizen’s Housing Association (BHCA) www.bchal.org.uk
Our almshouses offer:
- A safe, friendly environment
- Private accommodation offering our residents their own front door
- Accommodation for couples
- Emergency alarm systems allowing our residents to contact help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- A duty manager who supports our residents. Personal care is not offered but we can help with finding personal care
- Regular social activities and outings e.g. coffee mornings, bingo, quizzes, fish & chip suppers, concerts and the Almshouse Summer Party
Residents pay a weekly maintenance charge for living in our almshouses – this includes a small charge for support services. Many of our residents get help to pay the charge either through Housing Benefit.
Our almshouses are not suitable for residents with very high personal care needs. However we do have partnership arrangements with other local housing providers who can cater for higher levels of need. These include Dame Alice Court and Sir William Harpur House. Both of these schemes were built with large donations from The Harpur Trust, and you can apply for a place by following our application guidance.
We are replacing our current almshouses with more modern facilities which are better able to meet the changing needs of an ageing population. We have entered into partnership with the ExtraCare Charitable Trust (ExtraCare) who are building a state of the art retirement village at the Wixams. We are investing over £2 million in 25 new almshouse properties within the village, which is due to open in 2018/19. We have also invested £450,000 in a new extra care development owned by Bedford Citizens Housing Association, Oak Way House at 1b Kimbolton Road, Bedford. Oak Way House opened in January 2017 and the Harpur Trust has nomination rights to 24 one & two bedroomed flats.
Nomination Rights to Other Extra Care Facilities
Over the years the Harpur Trust has made substantial donations toward the construction of housing schemes for older people across Bedford town. These schemes are run by other housing providers, who in return have given us nomination rights for people on our waiting list. We have rights to 15 places at Dame Alice Court on Newnham Street and to 15 places at Sir William Harpur House on Clyde Crescent, Brickhill.
You can apply for a place at these schemes by following our application guidance.