Cottenham Charities Almshouses

Cottenham Charities Almshouses built in 1853

Cottenham Charities provides accommodation in seven almshouses in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire and gives grants to those who live in the village and are in need.

We have a rich history dating back to 1671 and are proud to continue the original charitable objectives of providing relief to persons resident in the Parish of Cottenham who are in need, hardship or distress by making grants of money or providing payments for items, services or facilities.

Free Christmas Voucher

Christmas vouchers have been given by Cottenham charities for many years to help individuals or families on low income to meet the cost of Christmas. Cottenham Charities and the Fitzwilliam Charity provide the funds for the scheme. Residents in the Parish in receipt of Housing Benefit, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit or Universal Credit are eligible but regrettably we are not able to consider those receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a little help this Christmas application forms will be available from Cottenham Post Office and this website from Monday 19th November and must be returned by Wednesday 5th December. Proof of eligibility will be required and only one application per household can be accepted.

Christmas Voucher Application Form 2018

Additionally, applications for grants for essential household or disability items can also be considered throughout the year from both charities. To apply please contact Malcolm Dee on 01954 250387.

Cottenham Allotments 

Keep fit, feed the family and enjoy the company of fellow growers. Cottenham Charities manage the allotments on Rampton Road and invite applications for plots throughout the year.

If you would like to apply please get in touch with Cottenham Charities with your contact details via our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cottenham Charities is registered with the Charity Commission under number 200586 and is governed by a scheme made on 11 February 1970. It exists to assist those in the Parish of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire both individually and collectively, which it does by keeping almshouses and by making grants to individuals in need and to organisations in the Village.

There are nine trustees: one ex-officio trustee, the Rector of the Ecclesiastical Parish of All Saints, Cottenham; three are appointed for four-year terms by Cottenham Parish Council; and five, for five-year terms, by the Trustees themselves. The Trustees meet at least twice each year. The Annual Report and Accounts are published on the Charity Commission web pages.

A full list of Trustees can be found on the Charity Commission website.


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