About our homes

The Entrance to Beaverbrook House Sheltered Home with two residents

A warm welcome awaits at Beaverbrook House and Southwood Court

The Charity offers sheltered accommodation at our two purpose built sheltered homes in Basildon, Essex and Bletchley, Bucks for those who have retired from the printing industry and their dependants. The homes have their origins in Almshouses and are part of our continuing commitment to look after the needs of older people.

The principle behind residence in one of our homes is for residents to enjoy independence and the freedom to come and go as they please while living in comfortable and secure accommodation. Residents should feel confident in the knowledge that support is available from the Charity or from outside agencies, should the need arise. Above all, the Charity respects residents’ privacy.

Beaverbrook House has 32 self-contained apartments and Southwood Court has 40. Both sheltered housing schemes are close to local amenities and provide:

  • independent living in a caring, friendly, safe community
  • purpose-built, self-contained apartments with kitchen and wet room facilities
  • an on-site Home Manager and 24-hour CCTV security system
  • emergency on-call system to promote residents’ well-being at all times
  • off-street parking
  • communal conservatory and gardens
  • a programme of activities and opportunities for socialising, if desired.

The day to day running of the Homes is undertaken by the Home Manager who will make daily contact with all residents and assist them in accessing other services. Whilst they do not provide personal care they care about people and this underpins all that they do.


Eligibility criteria:

Costs: Residents may be entitled to housing benefit and the local authority can advise in this respect.

Contact details are:

Southwood Court, Home Manager, Margaret Duff, 01268 527 817 / margaret@theprintingcharity.org.uk

Beaverbrook House, Home Manager, Kathy Senior, 01908 372 667 / kathy@theprintingcharity.org.uk

  • Before submitting an application we ask that you visit one of our homes and speak to the Home Manager about life at Beaverbrook House or Southwood Court.
  • Although we subsidise the apartments, residents pay a contribution towards costs, which include central heating, maintenance and utility charges for the common areas. Residents are responsible for their own electricity and Council Tax (Band B).
  • Residents should be retired and aged 60 or over, and be able to live independently.
  • The apartments are unfurnished so residents are able to personalise them with their own furniture.
  • You need to register to fill out our Form; this will only take a minute and will enable you to save your progress within our application process. Log in/Register