About Us

Yardley Great Trust has served the community in and around Yardley for centuries: its origins lie in the fourteenth century when John de Yerdeley gave his lands for the benefit of local people in poverty. The Trust is now part of a group of charities managed by Trustees who meet monthly (except August). Five of the Trustees are local Vicars, two are nominated by Birmingham City Council and others are co-opted for their special knowledge of the area. The Trustees also administer:-

  • The Colehaven Trust, which consists of eleven bungalows for older people in Coleshill
  • The Grey Gables Trust, which administers a residential care home for older people.

Trustees holding office at 31st March 2020 were:-

Shakeeb Ali, Reverend Nejib Boumenjel, Reverend Andrew Bullock, Councillor Neil Eustace, Reverend Lydia Gaston, Joy Holt, Imran Iqbal, Heather Jones, Robert Jones, John Richards, Reverend William Sands, Honorary Alderman Stewart Stacey and Andrew Veitch

The current Chairman of Trustees is Robert Jones.

Occasionally there will be a vacancy for a Trustee. At that time, we shall be looking for a person who can spare at least one afternoon per month and who is enthusiastic about helping local people in need. If you would be interested in receiving further information about becoming a Trustee, please contact us.

The Trust’s staff are led by the Company Secretary and Chief Executive, Alan Martin.

To view historical and up to date financial and other information on the Yardley Great Trust Group, click hereThis will take you to the website of the Charity Commission, which regulates charities in England and Wales. Our charity number to enter into the search box is 1091937.



We pay grants to relieve poverty to households and local groups.

Smaller grants can be awarded by the Clerk to the Trustees, Karen Grice. Larger grants are considered by the Trustees at their meetings. To find out more visit our Grants page here

Sheltered Housing

Our sheltered housing provides warm and comfortable accommodation in attractive locations for older people who can live independently, with or without support from carers. Each scheme has its own Scheme Manager who ensure that residents are supported as needed. Overall responsibility for the sheltered housing lies with the Housing Manager Lynn Bailey. To find out more, go to our sheltered housing page.

Residential Care

The Group runs two care homes for older people: Grey Gables in Acocks Green, where the staff are led by Manager Claire Bracey,  has forty bedrooms; and Greswold House in Bucklands End, where the staff are led by Care Manager Debby Hambleton, has twenty nine bedrooms. To find out more, go to Grey Gables or Greswold House.

Nursing Care

Our purpose built nursing home in the conservation area of Old Yardley provides forty six bedrooms and associated facilities for frail older people. The Care Manager Maxine McMullan oversees the service. Find out more

Educational Grants

We administer educational grants on behalf of Yardley Educational Foundation. To find out more, click here.


We provide work for over 100 people in care, catering, domestic work, administration, etc, and we provide volunteering opportunities. For more information, please have a look at our jobs and volunteering page


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