- About Us -

THE HISTORY OF CEDARMORE HOUSING ASSOCIATION

Cedarmore Housing Association Ltd (CHA) was formed in 1968 by a small group Baptist Churches in the area who felt the desire to assist the local elderly people finding it difficult to cope and remain fully independent in their existing home environment.

They formed a charitable housing association and others joined them in the enterprise as they acquired a site and built Cedarmore Court, a sheltered housing scheme for 20 elderly people in Chislehurst. The success and popularity of this project encouraged them to plan for another development and to take advantage of new housing legislation. They were able to register CHA as a housing association and apply for a Housing Association Grant towards a second scheme. This enabled them to build Southmore Court in Bromley as a more enclosed sheltered project for 24 residents.

After the opening of this second scheme in 1979, CHA went onto develop a full residential scheme for elderly people needing more care than is possible to provide in sheltered housing schemes.
After a careful search, a site in Bromley was acquired anddeveloped to provide Beechmore Court which opened in 1986 as a full residential care home, with Local Authority approval, for 28 elderly people. A few years later Beechmore was enlarged to 36 beds by adding a small wing to provide appropriate accommodation for 8 additional residents with developing dementia. 

In 1996, CHA acquired another site adjacent to Beechmore Court and built a further small sheltered scheme, Elenmore Court, intended mainly for couples requiring such accommodation. 

Residents of all CHA schemes have included both self-funding and Local Authority funded residents and demand for places has remained high, with very low vacancy rates historically.

CHA now employs over 50 staff in care, administration and practical service functions to serve the residents. However, its management is still controlled by a small Committee of Management consisting of experienced people, most of whom serve voluntarily and have links with several local churches. These churches continue to support and take a keen interest in CHA’s work.

- Our Values -

Mission Statement

1. As a Christian organization Cedarmore Housing Association seeks to provide suitable accommodation and care for elderly people from within the local community and to make this available on terms affordable to those with low income.

2. The Association seeks to fulfill this objective by:-

a) Providing sheltered housing accommodation with Scheme Manager support for such elderly people who are able to manage their lives independently with this level of support.

b) Providing residential care for those more dependent elderly people who need continuous care on account of their physical or mental frailty.

3. The Association endeavours to respect the independence and individuality of each resident and to enhance their self esteem and quality of life.

4. The Association seeks to create within each of its schemes an unobtrusive and caring Christian environment.

5. To fulfill this mission the Association seeks to employ staff who share the ethos of the organisation and to provide opportunities for voluntary service for others who share that ethos and are interested in the well-being of elderly people.