Michael Yoakley’s Charity has been in existence since 1708 and continues to go from strength to strength.
Trustees, who nowadays all live locally, continue to seek ways to enhance the Charity’s facilities, so maximising the legacy. In 2008, in celebration of the Charity’s Tercentenary further developments of the site were completed including a Training Annexe extension to Yoakley House. This was primarily to meet the continuing training requirements of the Charity’s staff, but the facility is also let to other professional bodies, thereby generating additional income for the Charity, so keeping rents and fees to residents as low as possible.
In 2009, the Charity launched a Domiciliary Care Scheme for its own cottage residents so that they can receive assistance in their homes from the Charity’s own staff, rather than being dependent other care agencies. That year also saw the building of 5 additional rooms at Yoakley House to provide respite care facilities for the elderly, and short term placements for those recovering from operations and illness.
The upgrade of cottage bathrooms, replacing baths with walk in showers, more appropriate to the needs of current residents began in 2011. All bar a few are now completed.
The Charity is actively seeking to purchase the bungalows on Drapers Close as they become available in order to provide more adaptable accommodation for less able residents, the nature of the original cottages and “Listed Building” limitations preventing this being possible in the existing properties.
We are also beginning work on an exciting project to expand the service we provide at Yoakley House. Naturally, these and other plans require financial input and with the Charity’s limited resources, new sources of income and investment are being sought. Fundraising has become much more of a focus in recent years with the appointment of a Fundraising Manager in January 2016.
We also have a League of Friends launched in 2008. To date (2016) the League of Friends had raised over £40,000.
The Charity continues to hold very good commendation from the Care Quality Commission. With a strong team of well qualified, caring and highly dedicated staff on the premises, the Board of the Michael Yoakley’s Charity are confident that Michael Yoakley himself would be very content to see how his dream has developed over the centuries and how it is set for the future.