Wokingham United Charities

Sheltered Housing with Support for Older People and Grants for those in Need

Nowadays Wokingham United Charities divides into two separate but linked roles :-

  1. Running the Wokingham almshouses at Westende. The almshouses consist of 27 modern, individual and well appointed flats (with separate living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen) at Westende which is on the London Road in Wokingham opposite the Parish Church. The almshouses are semi sheltered accommodation with a warden on site at Westende. The present buildings were constructed some fifty years ago adjoining the site of the (now demolished) old Wokingham almshouses which, whilst attractive old buildings, were incapable to meeting modern needs for sheltered accommodation in Wokingham.  The residents of Wokingham almshouses pay a weekly maintenance contribution for their flats which is significantly cheaper than the market price for such sheltered accommodation in the Wokingham area.

  1. Operating a relief in need  endowed fund to help needy people resident in the parishes of Wokingham, Wokingham Without, St.Nicholas Hurst, Ruscombe and Finchampstead North who are in poverty, hardship or distress. We make charitable grants to those people in need usually in conjunction with housing and social service links with the Wokingham Borough Council and other similar organisations.

As the name suggests, Wokingham United Charities is an amalgamation of some 21 Wokingham local charities – which date back to being some of the oldest charities in England.

Wokingham United Charities is now a Company limited by Guarantee (Co. No. 5278018) and is registered at the Charities Commission under No 1107171 run by voluntary Trustees (some of whom are appointed by Wokingham Borough Council ,  and other local authorities, the Wokingham Parish Church and other Trustees who are local professional people in Wokingham) and by their Clerk.