Michael Yoakley’s Charity has been in existence since 1708 and continues to go from strength to strength.
Board members (originally 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.
The Charity continues to hold 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.
Volunteers come together to organise events to raise funds for items which the Charity would otherwise be unable to afford. To date they have purchased a large all purpose greenhouse, garden lighting. new commercial washing machines, paid for reupholstery of the lounge chairs, new carpet and chairs for the dining area and an electric kitchen shutter.
We value their support hugely. . If you would like to join the League of Friends or simply be notified of their events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2009 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.
The Charity is currently working on a project to improve its carbon footprint by introducing renewable energy to provide heat and light both for the care home and the almshouses.