Almshouse Charities have been in existence for over a thousand years. The Liversage Trust dates back to 1529, set up under the Will of Robert Liversage, a prominent Derby businessman of the time, for the relief of poverty.
The Trust has maintained Almshouses since the 17th century, and we now provide modern accommodation for Derby people aged 60 years or over who are in need, hardship or distress arising from their current housing circumstances.
For a flavour of our thriving communities in 2017, take a look at this news report:https://derbynews.org.uk/2017/06/07/liversage-trust-providing-housing-in-derby-for-older-people-for-nearly-500-years/
We have 160 Almshouses, including some lovely historic buildings dating back to the 1800s, but most homes were built in the 1900s, and the most recent redeveloped in 2016. These are contained within four estates in Derby:
• London Road
• Nottingham Road
• Arthur Hind Close
• Drewry Lane and Franchise Street
In 1989, the Trust opened Liversage Court Residential Care Home which continues to cater for 40 residents in an extra care facility.
We also have 21 homes near to the city centre that are let without age restriction; and a dozen commercial premises whose tenants include a carpenter, a builder, a café, and a bakery, together with various ground leases. These provide income to help support our charitable activities, which include grant-giving to local families in need of essential household items.
As a Charity, our focus is not about making a profit. We are dedicated first and foremost to ensuring the well-being of our residents. We do this by letting them choose how often, if at all, they want us to visit, giving them access to a free personal alarm, looking after communal gardens, and responding to repair requests with our dedicated team of staff. Pets may also be kept on most estates with prior consent.
In a recent survey, residents told us some of the things they liked most:
"It’s quiet and peaceful here and I've very good neighbours"
"I love my comfortable and well-designed bungalow"
"They’re such beautiful, well-maintained grounds"
"It's the personal touch we have always received, and any repairs dealt with promptly"