Older People


Southwark Charities manages almshouses on behalf of Southwark (Christchurch & St Mary’s) Charities, offering approximately 75 older people the opportunity to lead independent lives in a safe, secure and supported environment.

However, the buildings themselves, which date from the early 1970’s, are not compatible with the needs of older people today. Issues such as wheelchair access, mobility support and other user-friendly fittings cannot be incorporated into these structures and consequently the trustees are considering rebuilding/redevelopment proposals.

What is almshouse accommodation?

Almshouses offer older persons in need the opportunity to lead independent lives in a safe, secure and supported environment.

Who can apply for almshouse accommodation?

The accommodation is for individuals over 55 years old who are in need and who have been resident in the Greater London area for the past 5 years. However, preference is given to residents of the London Borough of Southwark.

What type of accommodation is it?

Both almshouses contain unfurnished one bedroom flats, with lounge, separate kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and own front door. Each almshouse has a communal laundry, a residents lounge and a guest flat for residents’ family to visit. Edward Edwards’ House also has a number of unfurnished Studio flats, with lounge/bedroom, separate kitchen, bathroom and own front door, which are very suitable for a single person.

Would I be a tenant?

No, you would be a resident under a “license to occupy” agreement.

What support services would be provided?

A Welfare Officer is responsible for the general wellbeing of our residents, and visits regularly. In addition all flats are connected to a control centre for emergencies.

The Charity maintains the gardens and communal areas for the use of residents, and carries out all maintenance work.

What bills would I have to pay?

Residents pay a modest Weekly Maintenance Charge (currently £25) towards the running costs and upkeep of the almshouse. If you are eligible for full housing benefit or supporting people benefit your weekly maintenance charge will be met by the local authority.

You would be responsible for the payment of Council tax (unless exempt), and utility bills (electricity/gas – the Charity pays the Water Rates).

Where are the almshouses located?

• Edward Edward’s House, Nicholson Street, Blackfriars, London SE1 0XL

Edward Edwards’ House

• St Mary Newington Close, Surrey Square, Walworth, London SE17 2LP

St Mary Newington Close

For further details or an application form, please contact
the Charities Office on 0207 593 2000 or
Email: welfare@southwarkcharities.org.uk
You can also download the application form here – Residency Application form