Gloucester Charities Trust

"Opening doors for older people in Gloucester"

About Us

Gloucester Charities Trust (GCT) can proudly trace its roots back through the years to the provision of charitable care and support to those in need by the monks of St Peter's Abbey in 12th Century Gloucester.
Over the subsequent centuries the charity has evolved to meet the changing needs of the local population which it serves.

Today in the 21st Century it remains a well established, efficient and relevant provider of housing and care services for older people in Gloucestershire.The Trust is managed on a day to day basis by the Chief Executive, Kathryn Lewis, who is accountable to the Board of Trustees.

Our Circle of Care

The Trust is registered to provide housing and support services for older people and owns and manages:-

4 retirement housing sites in Gloucester City - Sheltered Housing Flats – 130 one and two person flats at 4 sites across the City of Gloucester with 24 hour care call system.

Guild House Residential Home - Guild House Residential Home – A 36 bedded Home registered for older people which includes Grace Wing (an 8 bed Dementia Care facility). All rooms are en-suite which includes either a shower or bath.

Magdalen House Nursing Home - Magdalen House Nursing Home – A 29 bedded Home registered for older people and those with dementia, all of which have en-suite facilities.

Are you looking for daytime support for an older person who is living with dementia, anxiety or depression? Then why not consider The Kimbrose Club - and what I hear you ask, is the Kimbrose Club?

The Kimbrose Club is a new daytime support service, primarily for older people who are living with dementia, or with anxiety and depression. We aim to provide a flexible, person-centred environment for our members and to support and provide information to their carers and families.

The Club is for older people who have a diagnosis of dementia, depression or anxiety. We aim to provide a supportive social environment in which a range of psychological and physical needs can be met. We will also offer support and information to carers and families.We are open from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

Lunch and refreshments are provided during the day.

Where is the club?

It is in a central location within the grounds of St Margaret’s, London Road, Gloucester, GL1 3PH. The venue has recently been refurbished to provide a hairdressing/pamper room, a reminiscence lounge, a fully assisted bathroom, together with a lounge/dining room and several activity areas. 

What happens at The Kimbrose Club?

We want our members to enjoy their time at the Club and we will offer a range of one to one or group activities. A “What’s on” programme will be agreed with members and regularly reviewed. There will also be the opportunity to have quiet and relaxation time.

The programme of activities will include:

  • Roots and shoots (gardening group)
  • Sound waves (music group)
  • Harmony hunters (singing group)
  • Body and soul (pamper and therapy)
  • “When I were a lad/lass” (reminiscence)
  • Putting the world right (news and views)
  • Keyboarders (computer group)
  • Crafty arts (creative activity)
  • Simply delicious (cookery activity)
  • Pet therapy (for animal lovers)
  • Fit and well (gentle exercise)


The staff team are trained and experienced in delivering person-centred care and bring a wide range of skills and expertise to the club. Our staff and volunteers will receive all relevant training, to include specialist
dementia training.

How to Access the Service

There is an open referral process and we will accept direct applications and enquiries from individuals, carers/families, GPs and health and social care workers. We will arrange for a member of staff to meet with prospective members to discuss if the Club is able to meet their needs.

What do we charge?

Hourly rate - £8.00
Half day rate - £20.00 includes lunch and refreshments.
Day rate - £35.00 includes lunch and
Club members can pay privately.

Funding maybe available through health and social care services, or apply for a grant from Gloucester Charities Trust - see further details on this in the section below.

We can also arrange holistic therapy, personal care/bathing, hairdressing and chiropody services for a separate charge.

We will consider individual choice and treat our members with dignity and respect at all times


We will provide morning and afternoon refreshments and a range of freshly prepared meals to meet all dietary requirements. Club members will be encouraged to plan, prepare and cook snack meals with support from staff.


Transport may be available for those people who attend for a full day and who live within a three mile radius of the Club. Our drivers and escort staff will be fully trained to ensure the safety of passengers.

Contact Us

For further information please contact Joy Nicholls, Manager on 01452 414659 / email

Other Interests

The Trust also owns 2 farms, 2 commercial properties (1 of which is now its Head Office) and various other pieces of land. These assets produce income to the Trust.

"Relief-in-Need" Grants

The Trustees of the Gloucester Charities Trust administer the grant making "Relief-in-Need" branch of the charity which has limited funding available to assist people from the City and County of Gloucester who are in need.

The funding for these grants comes from the income generated by "Relief-in-Need" investment funds which themselves are residual sums from historical local charities which came under the control of the Gloucester Municipal Charities.

The aim of "Relief-in-Need" funding is to provide what assistance the Trust can to people who are in need, hardship or distress and who are resident in the County of Gloucestershire. The fund cannot be used for applications where it is more appropriate for public funding to provide assistance.

Applications to the fund must be supported by an authorised representative of a recognised local support organisation who must be fully aware of the applicant's circumstances and willing to provide written details. Grants made by the Trust are payable to the supporting organisation who will arrange purchase of the items applied for. Payments are not made to the individual applicant.

Details of how to apply can be obtained from:

The Gloucester Charities Trust
Century House
100 London Road

Telephone: 01452 500429

Or you may download our application form by clicking the link RIN Application Form.doc (57kB - Word Document) Word document icon (Left-click to open the file in Word. Right-click to download the file to your machine.)