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About Us

About Us

Our founding ethos and where we are today

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.


Our history 

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.

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Our People

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.

Welcome to Nikki, 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. With her energy and enthusiasm she makes Stanhope a fun place to be.


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.


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