The Ogilvie Charities

Sheltered accommodation in Suffolk and Essex, grant making for charitable purposes

Ogilvie Homes

Ogilvie Homes consist of three terraces of bungalows. All occupy the same site in spacious grounds, with extensive views over the surrounding countryside. They are administered by the Trustees of the Ogilvie Charities and are registered with the Charity Commission and the Homes and Communities Agency.     

 The first terrace, built in the early 20th century, was extensively modernised in 2001/2 to provide seven two-bedroomed and five one-bedroom properties to mobility or wheelchair standard. The second terrace was constructed in 1987 and offers a further seven homes. Each is designed to accommodate a married couple or a single person as desired, having a sitting room, a double sized bedroom, kitchen and bathroom with lavatory. The third Terrace, built in 1990 comprises two homes, each with a separate double bedroom; and three large bed sitting rooms; and all five of these properties has its own kitchen, bathroom and lavatory. Central heating by radiators and domestic hot water to sinks and baths is available throughout the dwellings; and mains electricity, water and sewerage services are connected.  

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·        Application Form

From time to time, the accommodation at the Homes is advertised publicly and a waiting list of potentially suitable applicants is prepared. It is not necessary for anyone seeking accommodation to await the appearance of an advertisement, however, because enquiries can be made at any time. They must be addressed in writing to the General Manager, Ogilvie Charities, The Gate House, 9 Burkitt Road, Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4JJ. Uninvited callers are asked not to visit the Homes casually, good though their intentions maybe, because this would infringe upon the privacy of the people living there.  

Accommodation charges range from £125.79 to £167.79 per week according to the type of dwelling occupied. (As at April 2018)

The weekly charge which the Trustees are obliged to make for the accommodation applies to each Home whether occupied by a single person or a couple. It includes the use of the individual dwellings and the communal facilities such as the Reading Room, laundry room etc, the external and internal repair and redecoration of them; water and sewerage charges, the upkeep of the grounds; the services of the Scheme Manager and her staff; and a number of amenities such as a subsidised 'shopping bus' into Leiston town centre. In the case of those living in the original terrace of bungalows, and in the 1990 Homes, the charge includes, also, the cost of supplying central heating, hot water, and electricity for cooking and lighting through centralised systems and meters. The 1987 Homes, on the other hand, are provided with the individual gas-fired heating systems and each has its own separate source of electricity: in these instances the occupants pay their personal fuel costs to Gas suppliers and Electricity suppliers, direct, and the charge made by the Trustees is somewhat lower for them.  

People eligible for accommodation at the Homes, at the absolute discretion of the Trustees, are those who are preferably but not necessarily over retirement age and living in Suffolk or Essex and/or have caring relatives or friends living in one of those areas, and who in the judgment of the Trustees lack adequate means of providing themselves with the accommodation and services including a degree of extra personal care needed by them. As the Homes are charitable properties and the occupiers become beneficiaries of the Ogilvie Charities, regard will be paid to an applicant's financial position.  

Contact us

To contact us please use any of the methods below. 

If you wish to apply for accommodation vacancies please download the forms from the page for the relevant property and send to us at the address below.


 houseThe Gate House, 9 Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4JJ

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telephone Phone: 01394 388746

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