The Ogilvie Charities

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

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.  

Two communal reading rooms (with libraries and TV), kitchen, laundry rooms, and a guest suite are provided as well.  

The properties offer, therefore, self contained, unfurnished, 'sheltered' housing accommodation to people whose ages are generally above those of normal retirement. These are not Residential Homes for older people or Nursing homes, but a Scheme Manager and a Deputy Scheme Manager live at the homes, also an Assistant Scheme Manager and other staff are employed daily so that extra oversight can be given to those residents who need it. An audio alarm system linking each Home and the reading rooms with the staff quarters, enables the Scheme Manager and deputies to be contacted quickly and easily in an emergency.  

No restrictions are placed on visits by friends and relatives, who are encouraged to call on the residents whenever they wish and to give them whatever assistance they require. In addition it is hoped that the medical, nursing, and social services provided by the Health Authority and the County Council will always be made available to people living in the Homes, in exactly the same way as to others whose homes are elsewhere in the local community. Nevertheless, and regrettably, it has to be said that in the best interests of all concerned, the Trustees must reserve the right to require any resident to find other, more suitable, accommodation and leave the Homes, if he or she suffers from an infirmity or illness of the kind which could not normally be coped with in one's own home with the help described above.

Enquiries have been made from time to time about the keeping of pets on the premises. The Trustees are sorry that they cannot allow dogs or cats to be kept by residents because of the open-plan nature of the gardens and grounds.  

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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