Our Heritage and a Strong Foundation 

The charity has a long and rich history in Winchester dating back to Anglo-Saxon times when we provided shelter for travellers and others in St John’s Hospital on the Broadway, built originally on the site now occupied by our Chapel and parts of St John’s House.

Our past and present are deeply interwoven with that of wider Winchester, and we have cared for thousands of local people over the centuries in our almshouses and care homes. The charity has a deep-rooted caring culture, anchored by strong values. Our history, our people and our values are our strong foundation and over the next five years we aim to build on that foundation as the charity expands its accommodation and the community outreach services it offers.

We have succeeded in facilitating a supportive community of older people in well-maintained and often beautiful almshouses in Winchester to live well and independently for as long as possible. That mission will continue and has now been taken beyond our ‘four walls’ with community outreach services benefiting older people in Winchester and its surrounding areas. Our almshouses are targeted at older people with limited financial means, but our other services are available to all.