Investment in our people, policies and other physical resources
To ensure the charity is fit for the future, we are updating our HR, IT, Governance and Constitution to adapt to the challenges that lie ahead.
We are also committed to enhancing our care offering through staff training and development, ensuring best practice, by investing in people, and improving recruitment and retention of staff.
Expansion and improvement of the almshouse accommodation
We are currently investing heavily in our almshouse accommodation in two key ways.
Firstly, we are well underway with a plan to reform 20 of our almshouses as and when they become vacant, to provide design features to better support independent living, such as wet rooms and level access.
Secondly, subject to planning permission and final costings, we plan to build up to 31 new almshouses on two sites in the centre of the city of Winchester.
In 108 Colebrook Street, we plan to refurbish three private apartments and develop 12 new almshouses providing accommodation of a high standard with design features to support the needs of older people.
On a second site we intend to develop land behind the Chesil Theatre, which will provide a further 12-15 almshouse units to the same standard. We are in discussions with WDS to sell it land to build an annex to the theatre, which will enhance it as a venue in Winchester and provide much-needed additional facilities. We are committed to working closely with the local community to ensure the best solutions with the least disruption for all concerned. It is hoped that these developments will be completed in 2019.