Fulfilled living in later life
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Community Living

When you choose to live in one of our housing schemes, you’ll be joining a vibrant Christian community with the peace and independence that comes with your own space.

Our housing schemes range from bungalows set in their own gardens to apartments within easy reach of town centres, so you’ll find somewhere to suit your needs. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that the day-to-day upkeep of the property and grounds is all managed for you but should you need extra help with daily chores (shopping, cleaning etc), our wellbeing packages are there to support you. Collective devotional times and regular social events mean that you’ll enjoy fellowship with others living alongside you.

We have eight independent living housing schemes, with seven in England and one in Scotland. At all of our schemes we provide 24-hour access to an emergency call centre so you’ll know there is support available should you need it.

Security and wellbeing

At all of our housing schemes we provide:

  • access to a 24-hour emergency call centre
  • a manager who oversees the daily running of the scheme and can signpost you in the direction of local amenities (transport links, GP surgeries, libraries etc), as well as local churches. Where needed, our managers can also assist with administrative activities such as form-filling.
  • a maintenance team who take care of communal areas and gardens. If your property is rented, they will also take care of its maintenance.

For those who need a little extra support with daily tasks, we offer a range of wellbeing packages which include help with household chores like cleaning, laundry and ironing. At some schemes, meals can also be provided. Our individual housing schemes can advise you on what support they offer.

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Linda's story

Linda, 75, moved to Strathclyde House after returning from a mission trip to Peru.

"I step inside and I am in the warm straight away. I feel so safe and secure."

Read Linda's Story

Spiritual life

At our independent living housing schemes, you can enjoy the encouragement that comes from living alongside other Christians. Regular collective devotions sessions – including a talk, prayer, singing and social time – are all part of life with us. Visiting clergy and volunteers support the spiritual life of our homes.

It’s up to you to decide how much you participate in communal spiritual activities. Those living with us tell us that the opportunities for Christian fellowship in later years is one of things they value most about living with us.

All of our housing schemes have strong links with local churches and our managers and others living at the scheme will be happy to help you find a church.

Martyn Hallett is our Pastoral Coordinator at Dorothea Court, our housing scheme in Bedford

“Dorothea Court is a thriving Christian community set in a beautiful environment, with opportunities through the week for worship, Bible teaching, study and prayer, led by residents and gifted people from local churches. Those who live here are encouraged to cultivate fellowship within and beyond Dorothea Court, and many maintain an active church membership.

“Working closely with the Scheme Manager, my role is to support the spiritual and emotional well-being of all who live and work at Dorothea Court. Our needs are as varied as our personalities, but growing older brings particular joys and sorrows. Alongside formal gatherings we need comfort and encouragement from others – often just a ‘listening ear’. Families and friends are welcome, and I can meet one-to-one with any who wish.”

“With the restrictions brought by the coronavirus pandemic, it is harder to maintain fellowship, but technology can be a blessing, and we keep up regular gatherings when we can. God is good, and we are deeply thankful to Him, and to all who make Dorothea Court such a delightful place to live.”

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