Friends of The Almshouse Association

Ensuring the enduring legacy of the almshouse movement by safeguarding its historical significance and securing its future

Help support almshouses today and for generations to come by joining Friends of The Almshouse Association.

Friends of The Almshouse Association is more than a club; it offers a unique range of activities and projects you can get involved with as well as building friendships with like-minded individuals who share your passion for almshouses and the almshouse movement.

When you become a Friend of The Almshouse Association you will be able to enjoy some great benefits with a unique calendar of activities and projects:

  1. Receive our twice yearly ‘Friends in Alms’ newsletter which includes:
    • At a glance – The Almshouse Association and its last 6 months’ activity
    • Dates of Friends get-togethers throughout the UK
    • Case Studies and biographies of Trustees, Ambassadors and Regional Peer Representatives
    • Ambassador section – ‘insights’ from an Ambassador
    • Stories of interest and a ‘history of’ section
    • New Friends announcements
    • Friends of comments
  1. Invitation to our ‘Friends Day’ event at a special venue.
  1. Invitations to exclusive Patron’s Award plaque unveilings at award-winning almshouses.
  1. Take part in our ‘Friends only’, behind-the-scenes, almshouse visits.
  1. PIN badge/welcome letter and Friendship card.

If you would like to become a Friend of The Almshouse Association,
please click here to download all the details
you need to pledge your support and help ensure almshouse legacies continue to provide homes to people in need, in perpetuity.
And for any further details, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or calling us on 01344 452922.

We very much look forward to welcoming you all!

Every Friends of subscription contributes directly to the support of almshouses across the United Kingdom – click here for Terms and Conditions

House Detectives wanted!

Are you intrigued by the quirks and captivating tales hidden within your community’s almshouses?

Join our Friends of The Almshouse Association and become a House Detective! We’re on the hunt for truly captivating and eccentric almshouse stories from across the nation, and we’re seeking aspiring house researchers like you to unearth the age-old narratives and anecdotes that surround these almshouses. Share your discoveries with us, and we’ll feature them in our Friends of Newsletter.

Dust off your magnifying glasses and embark on your research journey today!

Welcome Elizabeth Fathi!

“We are delighted to have Elizabeth as our first honorary member of The Friends of Club. She will be a supportive addition to this new club. Her expansive knowledge of the almshouse movement will be an amazing asset to everyone involved in the Friends of Club.” Nick Phillips, CEO of The Almshouse Association

We are pleased to announce that our former Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Almshouse Association, Elizabeth Fathi, has become the 1st Member of our new Friends of Club.  Elizabeth was presented with her certificate at Members Day 2023  by our CEO, Nick Phillips.

“I am honoured (and very excited) to be the first Friend of The Almshouse Association.  Please do join me so that we can become a strong group and a powerful voice for almshouses and the almshouse movement.

My 001 Certificate, presented to me at the Members Day in June, was a wonderful surprise and an inspired idea.  I have already had a reservation for the 007 certificate (Chris, you know who you are!) so the group has quickly doubled in size and I am very much hoping that everyone (and I mean everyone) interested in almshouses will join up.  It’s very easy to register and all you need to bring with you is enthusiasm and joy for this very special form of charitable housing. 

We need to shout from the rooftops that this 1000-year-old social housing model is as strong today as it ever was and is fit for purpose. In fact, it illuminates the way forward as an important and unique player in the drive to address this country’s housing crisis.  Almshouses really do reach those parts of the town and country that the larger providers find difficult.  They need scale.  We do not.  Our place in the jigsaw is a colourful, confident, and comfortable one, embracing and creating community, belonging, charitable spirit, localism and well-being. A bright future built on a deep-rooted and rich legacy.

I look forward to being part of a new chapter in the Association’s work and very much hope you will too.  I look forward to meeting you at a Friends of event soon! ” Elizabeth Fathi

 Our Associate Members and Lifetime Members

Photo courtesy of Perry Almshouses

The inspiration for The Friends of Club comes from our original Associate Members and Lifetime Members who are the honoured forefathers of this Club.

We look forward to sharing the many benefits with our steadfast friends over the coming months.. and years.

* * * * * * * * * Volunteers * * * * * * * *

We are looking for volunteers to be a part of The Friends of Club and help organise ‘Friends of’ local gatherings – these can be as simple as having a cup of tea and a slice of cake and a chat about almshouses in the company of friends and neighbours. If you would like to join us as a volunteer ‘Friend’, please contact us on 01344 452922 or email us at

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