Thrale Almshouse Project Update - end-2016
It’s hard to think that it’s over a year now since the newly redeveloped Thrale Almshouses in Polworth Road opened their doors. All 17 of our homes are now filled and the residents have settled in and are enjoying their new environments.
The Thrale Almshouses are open to women over 60, and we are really pleased that the people who have come to live at Thrale come from a range of backgrounds and from all over the local area. Some go out to work while some are retired. Two of the residents lived in the old almhosues before they were redeveloped – the other fifteen are new to Thrale.
The spirit of the almshouses is all about independent living with a sense of community and we have arranged for some of the residents to go on a trip to Brighton, to participate in a local craft event and other activities. A mulled wine and winter barbecue is planned for the weeks ahead.
At Thrale we also run an annual programme to give small grants to good causes in the local community. Earlier in the year, we provided funding of over £30,000 to 10 different projects, benefiting at least 650 people directly. These included the Spires Centre, Lambeth Mencap, where we funded a minibus and driver for adults with learning difficulties, the Nehemiah Project which supports people leaving prison and the Basaira Centre which provides a drop in centre for elderly people in Streatham Vale.
We are also on the lookout for new Trustees, ideally people who are passionate about the local area and involved in other community activities. If you are interested, or want to know more about our almshouses and small grants programme, please contact [email protected]
The Thrale Charity is looking for new Trustees with a passion for the local area. To find out more, email [email protected]