Staff and residents in our three care homes, Whitgift House, Wilhelmina House and the Whitgift Almshouses take pride in playing a key role in their local communities. The Homes regularly raise money for a wide range of charities through garden parties, coffee mornings and special events run throughout the year.
Funds have been raised for local charities including Small Steps for Sophie, to enable four year old Sophie to undergo life changing surgery and fulfill her dream of walking; local homeless charity CAYSH; and also well known charities such as The Royal Marsden, Poppy Appeal, Sport Relief, the Stroke Association, Barnardos and Parkinsons UK. Local schoolchildren attend the care homes either to help out or entertain residents as part of their community service or work experience. Further details of how each Home supports the community can be found below.
Whitgift House is part of Croydon Education Business Partnership’s Work Experience Programme and welcomes students from local schools to help out in the Home in a variety of ways. The Home is proud to hold the Soil Association’s Gold Food for Life Catering Mark. This is in recognition for its commitment to ethical and environmentally sustainable food sourcing from local suppliers and providing freshly-prepared, healthy meals. Whitgift House is the first care home in the country to receive this award. The home also offers a popular Lunch Club to all retired residents in the local area for just £3 for a two course meal.
Wilhelmina House provides day care to older residents in the local community with a range of daily activities, meals and optional personal care. The Home also offers respite care to help guests get back on their feet or offer carers a well deserved break. Wilhelmina House regularly welcomes local school children to assist with activities and spend time with our residents.
The Whitgift Almshouses
Residents at the Whitgift Almshouses volunteer their time to help the Carers’ Information Service with the distribution of their bi-monthly newsletter, What’s New for Carers? The Almshouses hosts regular meetings for local organisations such as the Mothers Union, Julian Meetings, Franciscan Nun Prayer Meetings and services are held in the chapel of the Almshouses for Croydon Minster’s Sunday School, the Kingfishers, as well as the Blue Door Group. Conducted tours of the Almshouses have taken place as part of Croydon Heritage Festival, Open House London and also to local organizations such as the Rotary Club, Brit School, CALAT, Hamsey Green Beavers and The Royal Marsden Breast Cancer Moonwalk.
For further information about our care homes’ work in the community, contact them directly.