Our Almshouses were the vision of Sir E D Walker, former Mayor of Darlington and were originally built for “the poor and needy of Darlington“ in 1928. The homes were built on a generous site which was originally on the edge of the town of Darlington. The homes provide residents with a sheltered environment in a village atmosphere and are for people resident in the Borough of Darlington at the time of application or who have previously lived in the Borough of Darlington for a substantial period.
The criteria have changed over the years but applications are invited from residents (current or previous) of the Borough of Darlington who are able to live independently and can demonstrate a need for accommodation of the kind which we offer and are unable to make similar provision for themselves.
The Trust is regulated by the Charity Commission and is a member of the Almshouse Association. We are also registered with the Homes & Communities Agency and are a member of the Independent Housing Ombudsman Service.
Sir E D Walker Trust today
The Trust encourages and facilitates independent living for our residents in a supported environment. We do not provide nursing care for residents but we can assist in arranging support for residents from outside agencies as and when this is needed. Should 24 hour care become a permanent requirement this would require a move to alternative specialist accommodation.
The Trust is run by a group of ten voluntary trustee directors each with a specific role. A full time manager is employed to oversee the running of the site and to help residents maintain their independence, liaising with outside agencies as required. The manager lives on site and a key aspect of the role is to provide support and encourage residents to preserve their individual lifestyle.
The homes are all connected to the Town Hall Lifeline Call system enabling 24 hour cover for all emergencies. The Trust also employs a full time gardener to maintain grounds and make minor repairs around the site. There is also a part time secretary to assist with administration.
There is a Communal Hall on site which is available for the use of residents. There is a monthly Coffee Morning for residents to meet up and have a chat. Various activities and clubs are available in the Hall during weekdays and evenings and residents are encouraged to join in.