Ageing well

To establish, in collaboration with others, an age-friendly community across Bath and North East Somerset.

Our ambition - In Bath and North East Somerset age is not a barrier to living well and the environment, activities and services support and enable older people to have opportunities to enjoy life and feel well.


Our Almshouse

One of the common fears among older people is the loss of independence and dignity as they age. Almshouses actively work to combat this fear by creating an environment that empowers residents to make their own choices and live life on their own terms. With appropriate support such as St John’s advice service, technology workshops and pastoral care, older individuals can maintain their independence for longer, enhancing their overall well-being and quality of life.

108 residents lived in St John’s almshouses in 2023
“Before I came to St John’s I lived in a horrible, cold flat. There were drug users and dealers outside my front door daily. Police raids had become a regular occurrence. My family and friends were so worried for my safety. I suffered from depression, and I was always worried about my security. I always double-bolted my doors. I was there for 11 years until someone recommended St John’s to me. The rest is history. “I am so happy here. I feel the warmth, security, companionship, and the respect and compassion of the staff. I have made friends, and we all look out for each other. I can get involved with the activities that interest me and I am always treated with respect and feel valued. I am so happy here, having been depressed before. I know I am warm and safe here.”
A St John's almshouse resident

In addition to providing accommodation, we also support a diverse range of activities delivered through partners, and a tailored advice service to support all mature adults in our community. 

96 residents recieved pastoral support from our Good Living team.

Activities held at St John's

336 older adults attended our activity classes.
7195 attendances to our activity classes throughout 2023.
71 activities were available for older adults to attend.
“I have been attending Sewing Class for just over a year. The class is so important to me. Having never sewn before, I have created items ranging from a reversible bag and a cushion, to a dress and jacket for my granddaughter and it is all as a result of the Allison's understanding and patience! The class is made up of a mix of ages and as well as producing some wonderful creations, it's a really lovely supportive and fun environment and good for the heart as well as the head!”
A St John's activity user
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