Welcome to the Richard Watts Charity Website
The Trustees, staff and residents welcome you to the Richard Watts website.
The Richard Watts Charity was founded in 1579. It now incorporates a number of other long established Rochester Charities including St Catherine’s Hospital founded under the Charity of Symond Potyn in 1316. We also administer the William Mantle Trust and the Educational Trust.
The current charitable objects are to provide Almshouse accommodation within the boundaries of the original City of Rochester and to administer grant giving schemes. We are barred from giving help outside these boundaries.
The original and historic almshouse is The Poor Travellers House in Rochester High Street. The main almshouses are now in Maidstone Road, Rochester with other accommodation at St Catherine’s, at the top of Star Hill, and at Haywards House, in Corporation Street. In total we have 67 well-appointed self-contained flats.
The residents have the opportunity to engage in a range of social activities, to go on trips and to visit the shops with the easy access to local bus services.
We currently help 90 people with modest outpensions that were first introduced in 1908. There is a significant budget for help of those in need and sickness. The final aspect of our grant giving is educational. Every school within the boundaries is entitled to apply for specific grants. For successful, eligible applicants, we also awards initial grants from the Educational Trust to assist students going to University.
Apart from the direct grant giving, we offer a Home-help service, introduced in 1992, a Gardening service started in 2000 and we pay for the Medway Helpline to support 16 people which began in 1998.
We hope that you will find the website to be interesting, informative, and easy to use.