SHELTERED HOUSING

ACOCKS GREEN - B27

Our development in Acocks Green was originally owned by another almshouse charity, Carrs Lane Homes. The charity was wound up and the dwellings transferred to Yardley Great Trust in 2011.

STECHFORD - B33

This development in Stechford, consisting of sixty seven, 1 bedroom flats, and a residents’ lounge, was built in 1981.

SHARD END - B34

This development in Shard End, consisting of thirty, 1 bedroom flats and a residents’ lounge, was built in 1986.The Residents often get together for social events in the spacious communal lounge…

YARDLEY - B25 & B33

We have two developments in Yardley. The smaller of the two is situated in the peaceful conservation area of Old Yardley, featuring the 11th century St Edburgha’s Church and the black and white timbered …

 

YARDLEY WOOD - B14

This development in Yardley Wood consists of ten flats built in 1984. The properties offer spacious accomodation and all have new double glazed windows and doors. 

COLESHILL - B46

This development in Coleshill is part of the Colehaven Trust and provides eleven 1 bedroomed bungalows and a resident’s lounge built in the 1930s but still providing warm and comfortable living close to the town shopping centre

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. 

Management & Arrangement

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.

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 & have modern facilities such as central heating & double glazing.  Each dwelling has a round the clock alarm call system for emergencies & upstairs flats all benefit from stairlifts. Most developments have  surveillance for security. There is a weekly charge to pay of around £110 per week & 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 & residents pay the charge direct to the water company).

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 completed online by clicking here, downloaded for printing and manual completion by clicking hereor 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.

Happy with our repairs service?

If you are a resident and you have had a repair done recently, will you help us to monitor satisfaction with the service? Click here to compete a survey form.