Yardley Great Trust

Sheltered housing

This page gives an overview of all the sheltered housing we offer for independent older people. For more details on any of the sites below, just click on the particular district name or photo. General information about living in a Trust property is given below the pictures.

Not tenancies but still secure

Yardley Great Trust is an almshouse charity and cannot grant tenancies. However, the trustees ensure through policies and procedures that all residents are treated fairly and have rights equivalent to tenants. The Trust observes and endorses "Standards of Almshouse Management", published by the Almshouse Association, which sets standards for almshouse charities to observe. Residents can expect to live in their home for as long as they want, providing they pay the weekly charge on time and show due consideration for neighbours. For residents who develop mobility or other difficulties, our home care service can provide a helping hand. 

Facilities and charges

Our well maintained dwellings provide comfortable, highly affordable living for single people or couples. All dwellings are self contained with separate kitchens and have modern facilities such as central heating and double glazing.  Each dwelling has a round the clock alarm call system for emergencies and upstairs flats all benefit from stairlifts. Most developments have video surveillance for security. There is a weekly charge to pay of around £110 per week and this includes gas usage, the scheme manager service and, in most cases, water usage (on one of the developments in Yardley the water charge is not included and residents pay the charge direct to the water company).

All residents benefit from the support of our scheme managers, who are there to help in all housing related matters and will liaise with care workers and health professionals on request where appropriate.


Management arrangements

The Trust's Housing Manager, Lynn Bailey, is responsible to the trustees for ensuring that the Trust's sheltered housing is well managed and maintained and that residents are supported appropriately. Lynn is assisted in this by scheme managers, all of whom live and/or work on the development for which they have reponsibility.

All new residents are given a letter of appointment and residents' handbook explaining their rights and responsibilities.

All Trust residents are encouraged to:-

  • live their lives as they see fit, while giving due consideration to neighbours;
  • use the residents' lounges as often as they like;
  • organise social events and activities for themselves, forming residents' associations if needed;
  • help Trust staff to manage the housing by getting involved in policy reviews, giving feedback and attending meetings of the Care and Housing Committee.

How to apply
There is a waiting list for our housing. We accept applications from people aged 60 years or over, 50 years if there are exceptional circumstances such as disability.  To join the waiting list, applicants need to complete a form that can be downloaded by clicking here or requested via our contact page. We prioritise applications according to the circumstances of each applicant, so someone who is threatened with homelessness will be higher on the list than someone who wants to move to be nearer family. We cannot say how long it will take to offer a dwelling to someone, it depends on when vacancies occur and the circumstances of the applicant.