We are currently looking for more people to join our team of volunteers in supporting the residents. Volunteers meet every 6-8 weeks to catch up on things that have taken place in the house , plan for future events and set goals.
Each week ,on Wednesday mornings the volunteers run a coffee morning, to chat and catch up with the residents and in between times some of the volunteers organize activities for the residents to enjoy.
If you have a few hours to spare and feel you could offer the residents some time and company please get in touch.
We provide a peaceful, friendly atmosphere where residents can remain as independent as possible and are encouraged to remain part of the wider community.
We are a “home from home” but have the benefit of a live in house manager who is available to support the residents. Our kitchen manager and relief cook provide wonderful home cooked meals. Our cleaning staff and overnight relief staff make up the team.
The rooms are mainly en-suite and unfurnished. Residents are encouraged bring their own furniture and possessions to make their transition to living here as comfortable as possible.
Residents get two home cooked meals a day and of course we cater to their dietary needs. As far as is possible we source our food from local producers, it keeps the quality high and the taste great.
Regular social activities are wide and varied depending on the interests of the current residents and what is available, these include a weekly coffee morning, old time music, Easter, summer, and Christmas events, as well as regular trips out and about in the local area – there is lots going on. Please see the events on the right here.
The house was built in 1968 but underwent renovation in 1998 and consists of 10 bedsits, each having their own wet room and kitchenette facility. The house is on the level , close to the town centre, shops , post office , library etc and within easy walking distance to the churches etc.
The Abbeyfield Society started from humble beginnings, and the vision of one man. Today we care and support older people across the UK and beyond. Here’s our story and the story of the founding principles that we proudly uphold to this day.
The first Abbeyfield house was established in 1956 by Richard Carr-Gomm. He recognised that a lot of older people were living alone and feeling isolated in their own communities and wanted to provide them with a safe and secure home where they could find friendship and support.
Soon after purchasing a house in Bermondsey and inviting two local residents to move in, he had purchased five more properties and formally set up The Abbeyfield Society. Before long, volunteers around the county had formed their own societies and the dream of a nationwide charity providing high quality housing, support and companionship in later life had become a reality.
From those humble beginnings we have developed wonderful facilities that include over 500 houses and homes with committed staff and 4,000+ volunteers in the UK. Worldwide there are now around 9,000 residents living in 850 houses and homes and this number is set to increase over the coming years.
We at Stanhope joined the Abbeyfield family in 1968 and have not looked back. We are proud to be part of the growing organisation that has fostered hope for older people who feel the need to get away from the sometimes isolated life in their own home to a supported but still independant life in a house like Stanhope.
Today we’re living in a very different world but the need remains for the same level of commitment to older people and that commitment is at the heart of everything we do.
Over time, we have gained friends and supporters from all walks of life, many of whom have discovered Abbeyfield because somebody they know has lived with us.
At Stanhope the sheltered home we run is staffed by trained and caring staff.
It’s our aim to make sure all residents are supported and given the attention they require. They are ably assisted by a number of volunteers who give up their free time to help run and maintain this fantastic sheltered housing home.
Meet Bev, As house manager she oversees much of the day to day running, making sure that food makes it to the table on time and is at a high standard. That the home is clean and tidy, She looks out for each of the residents, that they are comfortable and safe. As well as hundreds of little and not so little things that make staying here the pleasure that it is.
Staff and volunteers
Our staff are there for all aspects of support:- from encouraging residents with getting out and about, through to preparing great freshly cooked food that meets the personal requirements of our residents.
Our house committee is made up of local people who donate their time and energy to befriend, and support residents to maintain their independence. A big part of the committee’s role is to fund-raise for trips out, parties, and other activities.
Honiton is truly one of the most friendly market towns in the South West. Famous for its lace and pottery, Honiton has now become one of the most prosperous and lively shopping centres in East Devon.
Watch this aerial fly by to get a feel for this picturesque and bustling market town
Historically, the town was one of the centres of the medieval West Country cloth trade and later became famous for its lace. There is an excellent museum containing the main collection of Honiton Lace, while the High Street hosts specialist shops for both antiques and pottery. The High Street, wide enough to allow parking on both sides, is lined with Georgian buildings, many of which are former coaching inns. Small courtyards and alleyways leading off of the High Street provide further compelling shopping. Renowned for its antiques, Honiton’s world-wide reputation is justified by the large number of antique shops situated in or near the High Street itself.
Honiton stands in delightful country of rich farmland watered by the river Otter and several of its tributaries. Steep-sided hills rise between Honiton and the sea, and narrow winding lanes lead to villages that are as charming and interesting as any in Devonshire, providing many miles of footpaths that offer wonderful walking opportunities for the country-lover.
There is a street market in the town on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. Fresh local produce and crafts are also available on every third Thursday in the month at the popular Country Market. Early Closing Day is Thursday, although many shops now remain open throughout the day.
There are lots of restaurants and coffee shops, to meet up with friends and family, or just to while away the day.
The Beehive Community Centre is just at the other side of the town centre from Stanhope and hosts many activities including writing classes, university of the 3rd age as well as being the local cinema and venue for music recitals and groups.
And that is just Honiton. This part of Devon is near the sea, it is less than 40 minutes to Exeter on a bus, and being in the middle of some of the most beautiful countryside in the country is host to many attractions and events throughout the year.