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St John & St Anne

Independent living, in the heart of Rutland.  Founded 1399

A little bit about us


To give the full name The Hospital of St John the Evangelist and of St Anne in Okeham is believed to be the oldest charity in the county of Rutland, having been established for the provision of almshouse accommodation in 1399. 

Today it has over 100 properties available to accommodate beneficiaries who are:

  • In receipt of a state retirement pension

  • of limited financial means

  • able to live independently

  • living in Rutland at the time of application, or have significant links to the county

A more detailed history of the Charity is available on this website, as is an application form should you wish to apply for accommodation.

The Charity is a member of The Almshouse Association, is registered with the Charity Commission (Registered Charity No 218931), and is a Registered Provider of Social Housing.


The Charity is managed on a day-to-day basis by a team of six staff, who are answerable to a Board of Governors who form the Trustee Body.


The Charity provides 103 almshouse type properties across seven sites. These are located in the Rutland towns of Oakham and Uppingham.


Newsworthy articles, and details of upcoming events that might be of interest to our residents, are published in our regular newsletter “Jigsaw”.

Latest News



Property Works & Safety Manager for St John and St Annes Housing Charity In Oakham, Rutland.

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Exciting new opportunity with a successful Registered Social Housing Provider and Charity. Are you looking for a role where you can make a real difference?

Employee Benefits: Competitive Salary Package Offered

  • £32,000 - £38,000 pro rata dependent on experience and qualifications

  • Hours: 30 hours per week Monday to Friday (Full time hours could be considered)

  • Holiday: 25 Days Holidays + Bank Holidays

  • Pension: 8% Employer Contribution 

  • Reports: to CEO

  • A supportive, friendly work environment and free parking

The Role:

St John and St Anne is a historical and successful almshouse charity and a registered social housing provider.  The charity, the oldest in Rutland is proud of its reputation as being the leading provider of accommodation for older people. We provide independent housing and have 103 almshouses on 3 different sites in Oakham and Uppingham, with a historic 14th century chapel. 

The Property Works & Safety Manager will work closely with the Repairs and Maintenance Manager, and CEO, ensuring all our properties meet the standards and regulations of all our properties.

We are a small friendly team, and we are looking for someone with good interpersonal skills, excellent IT knowledge and strong communication skills. The ideal candidate will be organised, with a “can do” attitude – no two days are the same.

Key Attributes and Experience:

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of housing legislation and ‘Decent Homes’ Standards 

  • Health & Safety (IOSH) and Property qualifications, such as NEBOSH, or equivalent 

  • Experience of overseeing and supporting the work of staff

  • Strong organisational and time management

  • Ability to meet deadlines and liaise with external contractors

  • Able to work on own initiatives, as well as part of a team

  • Excellent communication and IT skills

  • Ability to understand external quality standards that apply to a registered housing provider (Health & Safety, Safeguarding, and GDPR, etc.)

  • Full, clean Driving Licence 

  • Available for a staff out of hours on call rota

About Almshouses:

Almshouses have a long history in Britain dating back to medieval times. In many market towns across the country, local wealthy benefactors; built houses for specific groups of needy people often those retiring from local industries. The benefactors also provided “alms” which were money or services given to the inhabitants of the almshouses. Today there are approximately 2,500 almshouses in the UK providing accommodation for local people.

This is an exciting time to be joining our vibrant charity and to be able to make a difference to the lives of older people.

Applications from individuals who are related to residents, staff, or members of the Board of Governors are welcome. However, it is a requirement that any such relationship is declared on your covering letter.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role, then please submit your CV and supporting statement to Doreen Woodward, CEO at


We will be holding interviews on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close the vacancy early. Please apply as soon as possible. A full induction programme will be provided.

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