Welcome to the Richard Watts Charity Website
The trustees, staff and residents welcome you to the Richard Watts Charity website.
The Richard Watts Charity was founded in 1579. It now incorporates some 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.
Our current charitable objects are to provide almshouse accommodation and to administer grant giving schemes within the boundaries of the original City of Rochester. We are barred from providing assitance to those living 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 nearby Reeves House in Watts Avenue, 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.
We help people by providing modest outpensions that were first introduced in 1908. The charity has a significant budget to help those in need or in ill health. The other 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.
Richard Watts Charity offer a Home Help Service introduced in 1992, a Gardening Service which started in 2000 and also funds access to the Medway Helpline which began in 1998.
We hope that you will find the website to be interesting, informative, and easy to use.