Frequently Asked Questions2018-12-18T14:35:49+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Ogilvie Homes

What are Ogilvie Homes?2018-12-18T14:14:21+00:00

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.

How can I apply for accommodation at Ogilvie Homes, and how is it allocated?2018-12-18T14:15:45+00:00

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.

Application forms and other information may be downloaded from this website if you wish. Alternatively, the General Manager will send enquirers, by post, written details of the Homes and forms of application for the accommodation and services provided there.

On every occasion that a vacancy occurs, the General Manager will inform selected persons on the waiting list of it and invite them to submit to her, up-to-date particulars of their personal circumstances for consideration. She will then select, for personal interview at the Homes, those whom she considers to be the most needy applicants for the vacant accommodation, and where she considers it appropriate to do so, may ask permission to pay them home visits also. Applicants being interviewed will be given the opportunity to be accompanied by a relative or friend.

The General Manager will refer to the Trustees’ policy on eligibility and other factors, and select from among those interviewed someone whom she can recommend to the Trustees for immediate accommodation at the Homes. After receiving the Trustees approval, a letter of agreement will be sent to the applicants selected, setting out the full terms on which the offer of accommodation is authorised, and the joint signatures of an applicant and the General Manager will signify their acceptance.

How much will it cost?2018-12-18T14:16:29+00:00

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

What do the charges include?2018-12-18T14:17:29+00:00

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.

Residents who feel unable to meet these expenses in full from their present income may be entitled to help from the District Council by way of Housing Benefit allowance and support costs from the Supporting People organisation, indeed, some receive it already.

Who is eligible for accommodation at Ogilvie Homes?2018-12-18T14:18:39+00:00

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.

Ogilvie Almshouses

What are Ogilvie Almshouses?2018-12-18T14:22:55+00:00

The Ogilvie Almshouses are a terrace of 20 cottages situated in spacious grounds and having extensive views over the countryside. Although they were built in the early 20th century, they have been modernised and well maintained by the Trustees of the Ogilvie Charities, who administer them. They are registered with the Charity Commission and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The accommodation in each ‘House comprises of a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom with lavatory on the ground floor, and a lavatory and two bedrooms on the first floor. There is a communal reading room and TV room, with library facilities situated at the centre of the terrace.

Central heating by radiators, and domestic hot water to the sinks and baths is supplied throughout the houses. Mains water and sewerage facilities are connected also and electricity is distributed to each property through a central meter.

The properties offer, therefore, self-contained, unfurnished, ‘sheltered’ housing accommodation to people whose ages in the main are above those of normal retirement. These are not Residential Homes for older people or Nursing homes, and residents, on admission are expected to be able to care for their homes and themselves. They enjoy the added security of a Scheme Manager who is responsible for exercising a general and unobtrusive supervision of their well-being. A further explanation of the Scheme Manager’s responsibilities will be given to applicants before it is decided whether they are to be offered and accept accommodation at the ‘Houses. There is an audio alarm system linking each house and the reading room to the Scheme Manager. When she is off duty the alarm call system is switched over to Central Control who monitor the system in her absence.

No restrictions are placed on visits by relatives and friends, 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 will always be made available to people living in the Houses, 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 ‘Houses, if he or she suffers from an infirmity or illness of a kind which could not normally be coped with in one’s own home with the help described above, or whose behaviour becomes a serious threat to the safety or enjoyment of other residents.

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 to be kept by residents because of the open-plan nature of the gardens and grounds. Ordinarily cats cannot be kept for the same reason; but the Trustees may relax this rule in exceptional circumstances.

How can I apply for a place at Ogilvie Almshouses? How are they allocated?2018-12-18T14:24:00+00:00

From time to time, the accommodation at the Almshouses 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 Ogilvie Almshouses casually, good though their intentions may be, because they would infringe upon the privacy of the people living there.

Application forms and information can be downloaded from this website. Alternatively, the General Manager will send enquirers by post, written details of the ‘Houses and forms of application for the accommodation and services provided there.

On every occasion that a vacancy occurs, the General Manager will inform selected persons on the waiting list of it and invite them to submit to her, up-to-date particulars of their personal circumstances for consideration. She will then select, for personal interview at the Almshouses, those whom she considers to be the most needy applicants for the vacant accommodation, and where she considers it appropriate to do so, may ask permission to pay them home visits also. Applicants being interviewed will be given the opportunity to be accompanied by a friend or relative.

The General Manager will refer to the Trustees policy on eligibility and other factors, and select from among those interviewed someone whom she can recommend to the Trustees for immediate accommodation at the Almshouses. After receiving the Trustees’ approval, a Letter of Agreement will be sent to the applicants selected, setting out the full terms on which the offer of accommodation is authorised, and the joint signatures of an applicant and the General Manager will signify their acceptance.

The Ogilvie Charities
The Gate House
9 Burkitt Road
Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP12 4JJ

Who is eligible for accommodation at Ogilvie Almshouses?2018-12-18T14:24:42+00:00

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

How much does it cost?2018-12-18T14:25:41+00:00

Currently £117.11 per week (As at April 2018)

What do the charges include?2018-12-18T14:26:44+00:00

The weekly charge which the Trustees are obliged to make for the accommodation applies to each house whether occupied by a single person or a couple. It includes the use of the premises and the communal facilities such as the Reading Room and the external and internal repair and maintenance of them, water and sewerage charges, and the upkeep of the grounds. The cost of supplying central heating, domestic hot water and electricity, the services of the Scheme Manager and other staff, and a number of amenities such as a subsidised ‘shopping bus ‘into Leiston town centre is also included. This charge must be reviewed regularly by the Trustees because of the inevitable effects of inflation, and residents who feel unable to meet these expenses in full from their present income may be entitled to help from the District Council by way of Housing Benefit allowance and, indeed, some receive it already.

Charles May House

What is Charles May House?2018-12-18T14:29:50+00:00

Charles May House has been adapted and extended out of the former St Mary’s Cottage, and is set in attractive, communal gardens about a hundred yards distant from the town centre. It is administered by Trustees of the Ogilvie Charities, and is registered with the Charity Commission and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The accommodation at Charles May House comprises of eight purpose-built one-bedroom flats, each of which has its own separate living room, kitchen and bathroom. Four flats are situated at ground-floor level and four are on the first floor: all are suitable for couples or single persons. In addition, there is a two bed roomed first floor apartment and a one bed roomed split level apartment in the original part of the building; both of these have their own kitchens and bathrooms. There is also a lounge with guest room facilities for general use.

Each of the eight flats has an independent, gas-fired, central heating and domestic hot water system. The apartments in the original building, on the other hand, receive their heating and hot water from a communal system which also supplies the common areas and lounge. All have independently metered electricity supplies. Charles May House provides, therefore, self- contained housing accommodation. It is not a Residential Home for older people or a Nursing Home. It offers the security of a Scheme Manager who is responsible for exercising general and unobtrusive supervision of the occupants well-being and sees that they receive any help needed. An audio alarm system linking each of the flats and bed sitting rooms with the Scheme Manager, ensures that assistance can be summoned readily in an emergency. ‘Cover’ for periods when the Scheme Manager is not available is provided by Colchester Borough Council ‘Helpline’ service linked to our system. Relatives and friends are encouraged to help the residents when required, and it is expected that the medical, nursing, and Social Services (such as home help), of the Health Authority and the County Council, will be available to those living at Charles May House, in exactly the same way as to others with homes elsewhere in the local community. Nevertheless, for the good of all, it has to be said that residents cannot remain and be cared for there during illnesses of a kind which would not normally be coped with in their own homes, and in those extreme circumstances, or if they cause undue distress to other residents, they will be required to leave.

Because of the open-plan nature of the ornamental grounds surrounding Charles May House, dogs and cats cannot be kept by residents.

How can I apply for accommodation at Charles May House, and how is it allocated?2018-12-18T14:30:52+00:00

From time to time, the accommodation at Charles May House is advertised publicly and a waiting list of potentially suitable applicants is prepared. It is not necessary for anyone seeking such accommodation to await the appearance of an advertisement, however, because enquiries can be made at any time. Uninvited callers are asked not to visit Charles May House casually, good though their intentions maybe, because they would infringe upon the privacy of the people living there.

Application forms and other information may be downloaded from this website. Alternatively, the General Manager will send enquirers by post, written details of Charles May House and forms of application for the accommodation and services provided there.

On every occasion that a vacancy occurs, the General Manager will select persons on the waiting list and invite them to submit to her up-to-date particulars of their personal circumstances for consideration. She will then arrange personal interview at Charles May House for those whom she considers to be the most needy applicants for the vacant accommodation, and where she considers it appropriate to do so, may ask permission to pay them home visits also. Applicants being interviewed will be given the opportunity to be accompanied by a relative or friend.

The General Manager will refer to the Trustees’ policy on eligibility and other factors, and select from among those interviewed someone whom she can recommend to the Trustees for immediate accommodation at Charles May House. After receiving the Trustees approval a Letter of Agreement will be sent to the applicants selected, setting out the full terms on which the offer of accommodation is authorised and the joint signatures of an applicant and the General Manager will signify their acceptance.

The Ogilvie Charities

The Gate House

9 Burkitt Road

Woodbridge

Suffolk

IP12 4JJ

Who is eligible for accommodation at Charles May House?2018-12-18T14:31:37+00:00

Persons eligible for accommodation at Charles May House are those who, at the absolute discretion of the Trustees, are preferably, but not necessarily, residents of Colchester, or have caring relatives or friends living in the area, and in the Trustees’ judgment are in need of sheltered housing and the oversight of a Scheme Manager.

What does it cost?2018-12-18T14:32:31+00:00

The current charges are:

  • £112.56 for one bed roomed flats
  • £173.18 for split level apartment
  • £190.75 for two bed roomed apartment

(As at April 2018)

What do the charges include?2018-12-18T14:33:17+00:00

The weekly charge which the Trustees are obliged to make for the accommodation applies to each flat whether occupied by a single person or a couple. It includes the cost of maintaining the premises and equipment in good repair and decoration; the heating of the communal areas, and lighting; the upkeep of the grounds and fences; and the Scheme Manager’s services. This charge will be reviewed regularly by the Trustees and any changes which they consider necessary to make will be explained to the residents at the time. It is payable weekly, in advance, to the General Manager, Ogilvie Charities, The Gate House, 9 Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JJ. The Colchester Borough Council recognises this charge in determining the rate of housing benefit allowance payable to those who are entitled, and close collaboration is maintained with them in such cases.

Estella House

What is Estella House?2018-12-18T14:34:32+00:00

Estella House is situated about 100 yards from the town centre and is administered by the Trustees of the Ogilvie Charities.

The accommodation at Estella House comprises of four purpose-built studio flats, each of which has its own bed sitting room, fitted kitchen and bathroom. These flats are suitable for single persons only. There is, however, a guest room for general use.

Each of the flats receives its heating and hot water from a communal system which supplies the guest room also. All have centrally metered electricity supplies for cooking and lighting.

Estella House provides, therefore, self-contained housing accommodation. It is not a Residential Home for older people, or a Nursing Home. It offers the security of a Scheme Manager who works out of the neighbouring Charles May House, and is responsible for exercising general and unobtrusive supervision of the occupant’s well-being and sees that they receive any help needed. An audio alarm system linking each of the flats with the Scheme Manager, ensures that assistance can be summoned readily in an emergency. Relatives and friends are encouraged to help the residents when required, and it is expected that the medical, nursing, and Social Services (such as home help) of the Health Authority and the County Council, will be available to those living at the Estella House, in exactly the same way as to others with homes elsewhere in the community. Nevertheless, for the good of all, it has to be said that residents cannot remain and be cared for there during illnesses of a kind which would not normally be coped with in their own homes.

Because of the open-plan nature of the ornamental grounds surrounding Estella House, dogs and cats cannot be kept by residents.

How can I apply for accommodation at Estella House?2018-12-18T14:35:18+00:00

From time to time, the accommodation at Estella House is advertised publicly and a waiting list of potentially suitable applicants is prepared. It is not necessary for anyone seeking such accommodation to await the appearance of an advertisement, however, because enquiries can be made at any time. Uninvited callers are asked not to visit Estella House casually, good though their intentions maybe, because they would infringe upon the privacy of the people living there.

Application forms and other information may be downloaded from this website. Alternatively, the General Manager will send enquirers by post, written details of Estella House and forms of application for the accommodation and services provided there.

On every occasion that a vacancy occurs, the General Manager will select persons on the waiting list and invite them to submit to her up-to-date particulars of their personal circumstances for consideration. She will then arrange personal interview at Estella House for those whom she considers to be the most needy applicants for the vacant accommodation, and where she considers it appropriate to do so, may ask permission to pay them home visits also. Applicants being interviewed will be given the opportunity to be accompanied by a relative or friend.

The General Manager will refer to the Trustees’ policy on eligibility and other factors, and select from among those interviewed someone whom she can recommend to the Trustees for immediate accommodation at Estella House. After receiving the Trustees approval a Letter of Agreement will be sent to the applicants selected, setting out the full terms on which the offer of accommodation is authorised and the joint signatures of an applicant and the General Manager will signify their acceptance.

The Ogilvie Charities

The Gate House

9 Burkitt Road

Woodbridge

Suffolk

IP12 4JJ

Who is eligible for accommodation at Estella House?2018-12-18T14:36:08+00:00

Persons eligible for accommodation at Estella House are those who, at the absolute discretion of the Trustees, are preferably, but not necessarily, residents of Colchester, or have caring relatives or friends living in the area, and in the Trustees’ judgment are in need of sheltered housing and the oversight of a Scheme Manager.

How much does it cost?2018-12-18T14:36:56+00:00

The current charge is £88.48 per week (As at April 2018)

What do the charges include?2018-12-18T14:37:38+00:00

The weekly charge which the Ogilvie Charities makes for accommodation at Estella House includes the cost of maintaining the premises and equipment in good repair and decoration, heating and hot water and electricity for cooking and lighting, the upkeep of the grounds and fences, and the Scheme Manager’s services. This charge will be reviewed regularly by the Trustees and any changes which they consider it necessary to make will be explained to the residents at the time. It is payable weekly, in advance, to the General Manager. Colchester Borough Council recognises this charge in determining the rate of Housing Benefit allowance payable to those who are entitled, and close collaboration is maintained with them in such cases.