About Us

Our unique complex on the outskirts of the seaside town of Margate, Kent, comprises 49 almshouse cottages and bungalows, and a residential care home with 31 single ground floor ensuite rooms, some of which are designated to respite care. The enclosed grounds are an oasis of tranquility and exceptional beauty.

This unmatched setting together with the exceptional care offered gives the older person the opportunity to live a fulfilled and happy later life, with as much independence and choice as they wish to exercise – a real home from home. Whilst the almshouses are still designated to those who could not afford to live comfortably in their own accommodation, residential care provision is open to applicants from all backgrounds.

Our staff are trained to the highest levels and we have had our own state of the art training annexe to ensure that not only our own staff but also those from other local bodies can continue to hone and improve their skills.

The Charity achieves the highest standards of care, with regular good rating from the Care Quality Commission. See our latest inspection report here. Our reputation is second to none and the usual response of those who visit us for the first time – whatever their age – is “Can I put my name on the waiting list?”

The nature of the organisation means that we hold Personal Data about residents and potential residents. It is not the Charity’s policy to share this outside of the organisation. Please see our Privacy Notice for more details. Privacy Notice (Data Protection GDPR)

Our History

The Charity was established in 1709 following the death of Michael Yoakley, a Quaker businessman. He had been born in the Margate area of poor parentage, but at the age of 14 he started work as a ship’s boy on hoy boats which sailed between the Kent ports and central London.

He worked his way up the seafaring career ladder eventually captaining and owning shares in ships which sailed from Britain to the newly discovered America in the late 1600’s. He invested his earnings in property in various parts of South East England, some in central London.

Throughout his successful career, he showed great care and concern for his mother who had been widowed early in his life. He married but had no children of his own, and in his Will he stated that all his assets should be used to provide accommodation for the “deserving poor” older persons of the Margate area. The first Trustees of the Charity created in his name began meeting in 1709 in London and the committee included his wife Mary. They commissioned the building of the first 9 almshouses, which were completed in 1710 and are still standing in full occupation today.

Michael Yoakley lived through some interesting times including the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London and several wars. Details of the his life showing other key events during his lifetime can be seen here.

A booklet giving more detail of the life of Michael Yoakley and the history of the Charity is available from the Charity. Please email admin@yoakleycare.co.uk with your name and full postal address and a copy will be sent to you.


The Trusteeship of the Charity is held with two non trading limited companies Yoakley Care Share Ltd and Yoakley Care Trustee Ltd. The following are directors of both companies:
Peter Hermitage QPM (Chairman)

Former National Director of Police Training and Retired Chief Constable, Former Chairman of Security Industries Authority, Former Chairman of East Kent NHS Hospital Trust, Former Pro Chancellor Canterbury Christchurch University, Management and Business Consultant

Beverley Aitken MBE

Retired Chartered Accountant

David Astley OBE

Chair of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Former Chief Executive of EKHUFT and of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Michael Baker

Retired Chartered Surveyor

Gill Durrant

Retired Teacher Specialist in Special Needs Inclusion, Member of the Society of Friends

Blair Gulland

Retired Solicitor, Former Chairman of the National Association of Almshouses

David Meakin

Retired GP, Specialist in Geriatric Care

Julie Miller

Retired Registered Nurse