Accommodation For Retired People

The Ogilvie Charities were founded in 1887 and run four sheltered housing schemes, two in Suffolk and two in Essex. These create a caring and supportive atmosphere for residents living independently in the self contained accommodation.  Ogilvie Homes and Ogilvie Almshouses are in Aldringham near Leiston, Suffolk. Charles May House and Estella House are situated in central Colchester, Essex.

We are currently accepting applications for accommodation at all of our sites.

We are planning to incorporate the Ogilvie Charities as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

For more information please download the PDF documents

Consultation Document
Draft Scheme


As well as providing accommodation for the elderly, The Ogilvie Charities also manage several grant making funds:

Specific charitable projects

  • Lump sums paid to other charities towards specific projects

Essential household items

  • Grants towards household equipment for those in acute poverty

Funding for holidays for carers

  • To help carers afford holidays

Education and Training

  • Grants towards the cost of education and training; preference is given to those who have lived in an orphanage and/or have been in care, who are visually impaired and those who have been found guilty of a criminal offence in a UK court.
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About The Ogilvie Charities

We run four sheltered housing schemes, providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere for older residents living independently in self-contained accommodation.  We also make grants from the charitable funds we administer.

Ogilvie Homes, Aldringham, Suffolk

Ogilvie Almshouses, Aldringham, Suffolk

Charles May House, Colchester, Essex

Estella House, Colchester, Essex

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