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We are a Board of nine Trustees managing a 300+ year-old charity whose purpose is to provide quality housing for up to 100 independent older people of modest means in five acres of private grounds on Derby Road, Beeston, Nottingham.

Our unpaid volunteer Trustees are hands-on: developing new policies; making decisions across a wide range of issues; and managing the finances, grounds, properties and two staff.  We also have regular contact with residents.

We are currently seeking to appoint new trustees, and would welcome in particular applicants with a background or expertise in finance, IT, and housing property maintenance; but applicants able to offer other skills are also welcome to apply. Minimum commitment is eight Tuesday mornings per year.

for further information:

telephone Janice Avery, Administrator,

on 0115 9224826 (Monday-Thursday mornings)

or email:


(Registered Charity 214833)

Trustee Vacancy

Trustee Vacancy at Hillier Almshouses, Farnham Road, Guildford


Hillier Charity began in November 1798 when Elizabeth Hillier, gave £2500 to trustees; sadly she died before the purpose of her gift had been legally declared.  Her will stated her intention of endowing an almshouse for seven women.  Nathaniel, her brother and executor, decided Elizabeth had intended the trust to be used for this purpose and Hillier Charity was created in November 1800.  The first almshouses, for eight women, were built in Shoreditch.


In 1878 twelve new cottages were built in Farnham Road, land donated by William Hillier, the 4th Earl of Onslow, Elizabethís great, great, nephew.  In 1971 these beautiful arts and crafts almshouses were replaced by the current building and now in 2017, nearly 220 years after foundation Hillier Charity still provides almshouse accommodation for 28 female residents. 


If you feel you could voluntary spare some time and consider becoming a trustee we would love to hear from you.  The role is very rewarding whilst not be too demanding, typically the board meet around 3 or 4 times a year.


Please contact Val Richards on 01483 533317 or email

Job Vacancy - Download FileAlmshouse Document

The Trust Partnership are recruiting for a new Clerk/Almshouse Manager.

For details please download the job specification attached

Scheme Manager Vacancy

Job Title:                    Scheme Manager (Part time 27 hours per week)

Location                     East London

Salary                         Competitive (plus a generous benefits package)

The Mercersí Company is the Premier Livery Company of the City of London with a 700 year history and over 400 members.   The Companyís core purpose is Philanthropy and funds its activities from its investments, mainly property in Londonís West End and the City.


The Company is seeking to appoint an experienced Scheme Manager in one of its network of Almshouses based in Stepney, East London.  The post holder will be responsible  for managing the day to day running of all aspects of the service, dealing with emergencies and overseeing the maintenance and security of the building.


The Role


The Candidate


To apply please email your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are suitable for the role to  by close of business on 10th March 2017.


Honorary Treasurer

The Almshouse Association is seeking a new Honorary Treasurer to succeed Mr Malcolm Ramsay who is retiring after eight years of loyal service.  Ideally, the candidate should live sufficiently close to the offices in Wokingham to enable him/her to visit once or twice per month.


The Honorary Treasurer is a voluntary position with responsibility to advise Trustees/Directors, and to support the Chief Executive /Director and accountant on financial matters, and to provide an independent view of financial management.  In this capacity, the incumbent would scrutinise the accounts on behalf of trustees/directors, and offer advice and support on financial matters.  The Hon. Treasurer should have a strong financial background and an empathy with charitable work.  Any person interested is invited to contact the Director, and provide a curriculum vitae and supporting statement.


Applications would be welcomed either by email at, or by letter to the following address:


The Director

The Almshouse Association

Billingbear Lodge

Maidenhead Road


Berkshire RG40 5RU

  A Legacy  The Gift of a Lifetime

A Legacy The Gift of a Lifetime

Almshouses have been part of the British landscape for hundreds of years, and today provide dignity and independence for over 35,000 residents in need.  Almshouse charities receive no government funding, and their future is reliant upon the commitment of their trustees and the generosity of the British public.  One of the most effective ways of helping almshouse residents both today and in the future, would be to remember them in your Will.


If you would like a legacy leaflet, or further information on the Almshouse Association, please send an email to or call us on 01344 452922. This leaflet can also be downloaded from 'Make a Legacy'. Thank you.


The Carpenters Livery Company is an active member of the Almshouse Association. They also have many other charitable interests, including a Convalescent Home in Rustington, West Sussex.  The home provides short-term care for people recovering from surgery, illness or in need of respite care and there are vacancies available. The facility may provide an ideal solution for family or next-of-kin of residents who have undergone major surgery or otherwise need short-term respite.  The home can be contacted on 01903 782268 or via the website