The term Almshouse dates back to Medieval times where religious orders gave charity to the poor and the sick. Not many people today realise that the Almshouse movement is now a vibrant community dotted all over the country, with many of the houses old and often beautiful historic buildings. Others are more modern and some are newly built, but what they all have in common is their provision of support for older people who find themselves in need of affordable accommodation. Residents are encouraged to live independently, make friends and to share a wider social life in an area they are familiar with or are close to friends and family.
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The Alms House Association of which Plymouth Charity Trust are members.
There are 60 one bedroom apartments which were renovated in 1998. The top floor has shared balconies and there are small, walled garden areas with benches for residents to enjoy the outdoors. Situated right across from a bus stop residents have the freedom to wander the city and neighbouring towns.
There are 15 studio apartments that vary in size but all offer residents comfort and refuge in the heart of the City. Some rooms still have baths, others have converted accessible showers. These amenities along with a communal laundry room and large courtyard garden gives residents the opportunity to continue living independently.