Who we are

We are a housing charity supporting the health & wellbeing of older people

The Whiteley Homes Trust believes everyone has the right to live well in a good home as they age, regardless of their financial means.

We are proud to be one of the oldest charities in Surrey and our Patron was the former Prince of Wales.

We own and manage Whiteley Village near Walton on Thames, where we have been supporting older people in need for over a century. Our charity offers housing with care support to around 400 older people, most of whom are beneficiaries and unable to buy or rent their own home on the open market.

At Whiteley Village we offer a wide variety of homes including:

  • Over 250 listed almshouse cottages – one of the largest provisions of almshouse accomodation in the UK.
  • 50 extra-care flats in Huntley House – the first such facility built in Surrey.

Although most of our accommodation is intended for older people of limited means, we do have a small number of purchase leasehold options.

Our charity also offers residential nursing care at Whiteley Village, mainly for those who can self-fund. All the proceeds from our self-funding residents support the work of our charity and benefit the whole community at Whiteley Village.

  • Nursing and palliative care is provided in the Eliza Palmer Hub. Opened in 2019, following the closure of our former nursing home Whiteley House, the Hub is a stunning, modern care centre with 30 large care suites and also features a therapy and exercise room and a beautiful octagonal glass public cafe; reflecting the design of our unique village.

A Thriving Community for Older People

Our community... proud, connected and safe

Whiteley Village

Housing with a social conscience

The Whiteley Homes Trust

Living longer, ageing well

The Whiteley Foundation
William Whiteley

Our History

Our founder, William Whiteley, was a successful retail entrepreneur. When he died in 1907, he bequeathed £1 million to create housing for ‘the needy poor in their old age’.

The Whiteley Homes Trust was founded in 1907 and it began building Whiteley Village here at Walton-on-Thames in Surrey in 1914 – the first purpose-built retirement village in the UK, as far as we know.

Our first resident was Eliza Palmer, a retired nurse, who moved into her cottage on 10 October 1917. Since then, Whiteley Village has survived two World Wars, hosted two royal visits and completed two cottage refurbishment programmes.

William Whiteley’s vision and his social and architectural ambition made the Village outstanding for its time and it remains so today.

The Trust is committed to delivering on the original objectives and principles of the charity, whilst adapting and improving how we operate to ensure a sustainable future for our Village and everyone who lives and works here.

Further information about our historical milestones, important Whiteley artefacts and much more, can be found in the collection at the Whiteley Village Museum which is cared for and curated by our residents. Visits can be arranged on request.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more about Whiteley Homes Trust call us on

01932 842360

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