Our almshouse was established over 400 years ago in 1616 by Edward Alleyn. Alleyn was a successful actor-manager and entrepreneur, and the owner of the Manor of Dulwich.
The aim of the Dulwich Almshouse Charity (DAC) is to support low-income older people in our area of benefit, primarily through the operation of an almshouse in Dulwich.
Our main focus is the operation of our almshouse, which provides 14 quality, affordable, warden-assisted flats for low-income people over the age of 60. We also deliver the following services and funding to meet the needs of older people living within our area of benefit:
- Our warden runs an outreach scheme to support older people living near the almshouse. This includes visiting people in their own homes and inviting them to join our residents’ social activities.
- We give small grants to two affiliated charities, the Bishopsgate Foundation and Camberwell Consolidated Charity. They distribute this funding in the form of small charitable pensions to eligible older people.
- We give small grants to other charities with similar objectives. These charities include St Luke’s Trust, St Christopher’s Hospice and Link Age Southwark (please note, we do not accept unsolicited applications for support from other organisations).
Area of benefit
The DAC’s area of benefit consists of the former parishes (as constituted on 1 May 1891) of: St. Botolph, Bishopsgate; St. Luke, Old Street; St. Saviour, Southwark; and Camberwell. It also includes parishes within the area of benefit of the Bishopsgate Foundation.