St Albans Old People’s Trust is a small and friendly local charity, whose aim is to help people aged 60 or over across St Albans District who are in need, hardship or distress. In 2020, the Trust spent almost £200,000 on various goods and services that older people just couldn’t afford to fund themselves, for example:

  • Household items - bed, reclining chair, cooker, washing machine, fridge
  • Personal items - glasses, dentures, warm clothing
  • Mobility aids - wheelchair, walker, electric scooter
  • Services - regular cleaning, meals on wheels, care alarm
  • Financial support - utility bills
  • Home - decoration of a room, carpets
  • Funerals - a contribution towards costs
  • Moving costs - especially for those downsizing or moving into sheltered accommodation.

If what you need is not on the list, please call and ask. The Trust cannot pay for gardening, holidays or care costs.

Recent examples of help from the Trust

Mrs D’s 15-year-old cooker door broke and 2 of the rings weren’t working, but she was unable to afford a new one. The Trust provided a new cooker within a week. She was also struggling to pay a heating bill, which the Trust paid for her. Total cost £650.

Mr R, who was moving to a new and unfurnished flat, was helped with moving costs, carpeting in the new flat, a washing machine, fridge freezer and cooker. Total cost £2200.

Mr C, was discovered by distant relatives to be living in a poor state: the Trust paid for a deep clean, regular weekly cleaning, meals on wheels, decoration of a room and new lino. Total cost including 1st year annual ongoing costs £4020.

The Trust has a simple application form, which asks about your circumstances including your financial situation. The Trust approves more than 90% of all applications.

The Trust is an independent charity, whose money came from the sale of Glenalmond Nursing Home on King Harry Lane and some substantial legacies, so can often help those turned down by Social Services or the NHS.

If you, or someone you know, are 60 or over and live in the St Albans District and could so with some support please call 07541 659442 or email grants.admin@staopt.org  Registered Charity 222522 www.staopt.org

Help to apply for Pension Credit

There are an estimated 1,500 pensioners aged 65 and over across St Albans District missing out on Pension Credits, a benefit which provides a weekly top-up to their income, on average an extra £55 every week - as well as entitling those 75+ to a free TV licence.

The Trust has partnered up with Citizens Advice St Albans to help pensioners to fill in the form. It’s worth applying if you have never applied before, but also if you used to get Pension Credit but don’t receive it any longer.

Kate Newton, Grants Manager for the St Albans Old People’s Trust said “Most people don’t realise that they have to apply for Pension Credit: the Government won’t automatically give it to them. They can own their own home, have savings, have a private pension and/or still be working. If they’ve been turned down in the past its definitely worth reapplying."

June Chapman, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice St Albans said, “Our advisors are trained to help people apply for Pension Credit and other benefits and are waiting to take their phone calls. We have helped local old people to get Pension Credits and they tell us it has transformed their life, making it much more comfortable."

Talk to Citizens Advice St Albans on 01727 811118 or St Albans Old People's Trust on 07541 659442.