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HAPPI Hour: Almshouses

Almshouse Association takes part in Housing LIN’s HAPPI Hour on Almshouses The Almshouse Association was pleased to take part in a lively discussion on almshouses at an event hosted by…

Greenwoods Almshouses - Camden

Accommodation Greenwoods Almshouses, Rousden St, Camden, London NW1 0SU  https://harrisonhousing.org.uk/portfolio/greenwoods/ One bedroom flat on the ground floor. Access to small shared patio garden area. Criteria Applicants should be older single…

Green Homes Grant extended

The Government has announced that the Green Homes Grant has been extended by a further 12 months. The scheme, which almshouse charities are eligible to apply for, was previously due…

Green Homes Grant: almshouses eligible to apply

Following representations by The Almshouse Association on behalf of our members to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy…

Govt responds to almshouse question in House of Lords

Government Minister Lord Greenhalgh has responded to a question on almshouses raised by Almshouse Association Ambassador Baroness Joan Bakewell. In his response Lord Greenhalgh noted: “The definition of ‘Affordable Housing…

Govt announces Building Safety Bill

On July 5th 2021, the Government announced its much anticipated Building Safety Bill which outlines how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained. If passed, the Bill would introduce a…

Government to end Green Homes Grant

The Government has announced that the final day for applications to the Green Homes Grant will be March 31st 2021. Any members who have secured funding through this route will…

Government responds to MPs questions

The Department of Health and Social Care has responded to our MPs questions. (see news item here ). Their response does not answer the main question of where almshouses fit…

Government guidance on pets

Almshouse Association Response to New Government Guidance on Pets The Government recently announced a new template tenancy agreement which can be use by landlords in the private rented sector. The…

Government extends notice periods

Government extends requirement for longer notice periods until October 2021 The Government has extended the requirement to provide most tenants in England with four-month notice periods from June 1st until…

Giving Something Back

by Chris Morton, Chairman of Louisa Lilley Almshouses ‘Giving Something Back’ to society was something that really came to fore in my life a few years ago when I was…

GDPR Presentation by Protecture

At the recent Trustees and Clerks Seminar held at the Bristol and Anchor Almshouse Charity on Tuesday 19th June 2018, charity members received training on a number of topics, including…

Gardens & People Award winners 2019

Each year the Association invites members to showcase their almshouse projects and achievements by applying for one of our awards. With the outbreak of coronavirus at the beginning of 2020, …

Gardens & People Almshouse Association Awards

Each year the Association invites members to showcase their almshouse projects and achievements by applying for one of our awards. With the outbreak of coronavirus at the beginning of 2020, …

Garden Parties Galore!

As we draw a close to 2021, the year of The Almshouse Association’s 75th anniversary of supporting and representing almshouse charities, the stories and photographs of celebrations from almshouse charities…

Former PM meets with Association

The Almshouse Association held a meeting today (April 26th) with our local Member of Parliament, Theresa May MP, to discuss issues affecting the almshouse movement and how the Association is…

Fond farewells to retiring clerk

Residents at High Barnet’s historic almshouses have been saying a fond farewell to Simon Smith as he retires from his role as clerk to the trustees of the Jesus Hospital…

First European Workshop

Almshouse Association Chair, Liz Fathi has been in communication with the Almshouse Association equivalent in Holland for some years and has, with a team including our research partners, visited Holland…

Festival of Trusteeship, 2-6 November 2020

From 2 to 6 November 2020, Getting on Board will be running its Festival of Trusteeship. The week will consist of numerous webinars including: safeguarding for trustees, how to attract…

Eric's story

Clerk to the Trustees – Eric Williams 70 year old Eric Williams lives in Ludlow Shropshire. He is married and has three children and six grandchildren. He worked in local…

Energy White Paper: Association response

Almshouse Association Response to the Energy White Paper The Almshouse Association welcomes all efforts to create a greener, more energy efficient society. To safeguard our future we must take on…

Electrical Safety Standards Regs 2020

On July 1st The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into effect for new ‘specified tenancies’. Existing tenancies will not be affected until April…

Dunk's Almshouses celebrate our 75th!

Dunk’s almshouses, Hawkhurst joined in our 75th celebrations with a garden party. Their clerk, Lisa wrote in to tell us all about it “We thought you would like to know…

Double celebrations in Sonning!

Robert Palmer Almshouses in Sonning on Thames opened their garden gate to community and companionship for a celebration garden party. To celebrate their 175th anniversary and the 75th anniversary of…

Diversifying your Charity Board

On Wednesday 16th June members joined a webinar on diversifying your charity board. The webinar looked at the current make-up of charity trustees boards across the UK and gave tips…

Digital Switchover Guide

By 2025, analogue telephone services will be switched off as the UK’s telecoms infrastructure is upgraded to digital connectivity. This shift has major implications for the 1.7 million people who…

Demystifying VfM: webinar recording now available

The new Value for Money (VfM) Standard, which took effect from April 2018, requires registered providers to report against a prescribed set of VfM metrics. The Almshouse Association recently held…

Deadline for Awards submissions fast approaching

The deadline for entries to the 2018 Almshouse Association Awards is 14th January 2019. To honour the vital role almshouse charities play in today’s social structure, The Almshouse Association introduced 2…

Day’s and Atkinson’s Almshouse Charity

Atkinson’s Almshouse Charity in London was established in 1679 with a legacy from Samuel Atkinson. The original almshouses had been destroyed in 1940 and been rebuilt in the 1950s and…

Current Issues: New items posted

Items recently posted on our ‘Current Issues’ pages include: Almshouse Association Board Meetings: Record of Key Decisions – Mar 20 Combating loneliness and reducing social isolation – April 20 Advertising…

CPI Sept 19

Message for almshouse charities who are Registered Providers of Social Housing. The Consumer Price index for September 2019 is 1.7%. As per Note 4 on the Almshouse Association’s Specimen Outline…

Covid update: 21.12.20

This weekend the Government announced that London and part of the South East would enter new Tier 4 restrictions and the rules for Christmas celebrations would be limited for the…

Covid-19 vaccine update

The Almshouse Association is now aware that for the next 2 weeks, eligible frontline care workers can access their first Coronavirus vaccination via the National Booking Service. The Service allows…

Covid-19 vaccine

Almshouse Access to the Coronavirus Vaccine The Almshouse Association has been working hard to get clearer guidance from national Government regarding access to the Covid-19 vaccine. This has included conversations…

Covid-19 update: June 21

Thankfully, the nation’s unlocking from lockdown restrictions has continued, although with a slight delay. However, there are still requirements in place which members should seek to keep aware of during…

Covid-19 update: July 21

The Government has confirmed that the country will be proceeding to the final stage of the restriction easing on July 19th 2021. On 19 July, most legal restrictions will end,…

Covid-19 update: 29.09.20

For the most up-to-date Government advice, please visit www.gov.uk. Tuesday 29th September 2020 The Government has announced further measures to tackle COVID-19 in England. These include: In the North East…

Covid-19 update: 24.11.20

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23rd November, England will be coming out of the second national lockdown on December 2nd. The move out of lockdown will see the country…

Covid-19 update: 13.10.20

For the most up-to-date Government advice, please visit www.gov.uk. The Government has announced a new three-tier system which will be rolled out across England later this week. The three-tiers include: Medium,…

Covid-19 update: 13-08-2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector The government has updated its Covid-19 guidance for trustees. This includes advice for trustees on holding meetings remotely or postponing or cancelling meetings…

Covid-19 update: 12.05.21

The Government has announced that from 17 May 2021, England will move to step 3 of its roadmap out of lockdown. This will mean a further relaxation of the Covid-19…

Covid-19 update: 11.01.21

Meetings The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on holding meetings during the national lockdown. Where possible, it states that charities should hold meetings online or via telephone. Where this…

Covid-19 update: 10.9.20

On September 9th, the Government announced new national measures to help tackle the recent rise in Coronavirus cases. Most of the current measures will remain in place but there will…