Hospital of God
LOCATION: NORTH EAST | PROJECT AREA: STRATEGIC ADVISORY SERVICES | PROJECT STATUS: ESTATES STRATEGY COMPLETED
It’s not often that we get asked to write an estates strategy for an organisation that’s been around for 750 years – especially when their goal is to ensure their sustainability for the next 750 years! But that’s what happened when the charity the Hospital of God got in touch to ask for help.
The charity has a long and proud history of working with older people, those living with dementia and their family and carers in the Hartlepool, North Tees and East Durham areas. Founded in 1273 by the Bishop of Durham, the Hospital of God was designed as a place of shelter to help poor and elderly people.
It currently employs around 100 people, and its main charitable activities are a residential home, day care and community support for sufferers of dementia, support and advice, supported living for older people, and grants to the voluntary and community sector.
The charitable work of the organisation is financially supported by an endowment fund and a portfolio of investment properties, so its important they had a functional and up to date estates strategy.
Having adapted and developed for the needs of successive generations, the Hospital of God is still looking for new areas of growth and ways to help vulnerable and marginalised people in the 21st Century
The new estates strategy was approved by the charity board, and gives them a direction and ensures they can continue to help vulnerable people for generations to come.
Emma from Community Ventures has brought an insight into the need to develop our approach to help to maximise our impact. Her insight, knowledge and expertise but also care, passion and commitment has helped us to move forward in several important areas, quickly and effectively. I look forward to continuing our working relationship.