The Abbeyfield Blackmore Vale Society is an independent registered charity founded in 1976. It was originally affiliated to The Abbeyfield Society, founded in 1956 by the inspirational Richard Carr-Gomm to alleviate loneliness in older people and enhance their quality of life.
The house in Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, was acquired with the help of a grant from the Housing Corporation. Abbeyfield House is now a Grade II listed building. On completion of the original conversion in July 1982, our first six residents were welcomed through the doors. Two further rooms were added in 1985.
Thanks to two generous donations from the Dunhill Medical and Margaret Fisher Charitable Trusts we were able to add an extension and increase the number of rooms to fifteen.
The Society is directed and managed by a committee of volunteer trustees, which enables us to offer our services at a reasonable and fair price as required by The Regulator of Social Housing.
We employ a dedicated staff team and are supported by a group of loyal volunteers.
Integral to our society are the volunteer trustees who have overall responsibility for the house, its residents, staff and volunteers. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds (eg nursing, social work, law, voluntary organisations and business) and all have one thing in common – a desire to help and support older people to live their lives to the full in a safe and homely environment.
Barbara Yoxall – Chairwoman
Gina Dent – Residents’ Support/Advocate
Lesley Martyn – Company Secretary
Keith Yoxall – Treasurer
Stuart Asbury – General Support
In addition to the Trustees we are lucky to be generously supported by a small loyal group of Friends/Volunteers who help in all sorts of invaluable ways that mean so much to the residents.
The Staff Team
We employ a small staff team comprising our manager, deputy, housekeeper and general assistants, who between them keep the house in order, plan and cook the meals, and provide general daily support to all our residents.