Abbeyfield, Leven House
Sited on Beverley Road, on the outskirts of the village, Abbeyfield occupy what used to be The Old Rectory. A beautiful building, set in it's own grounds.
Abbeyfield is a non-profit organisation dedicated to making the lives of older people easier and more fulfilling.
Abbeyfield helps people to live independently by providing a range of services, all of which are linked to the local community.
The Abbeyfield Society began back in 1956, when a then young Coldstream Guard by the name of Richard Carr-Gomm became concerned by the number of lonely older people he saw in Bermondsey in south-east London.
Richard immediately resigned his army commission and moved from Chelsea Barracks and became Britain's first male home-help.
During his visits as a home-help, Richard found that loneliness was one of the biggest challenges facing older people. This inspired Richard to spend his army gratuity on a house on Eugenia Road, in Bermondsey, and invited four lonley older people to join him. By Christmas 1956, Richard had become the very first Abbeyfield housekeeper.
Abbeyfield currently has over 700 houses and 80 care homes across the UK, and are adding to these numbers by constantly developing new facilities.
you can check their main website (here
Ring Liz on 07814 378 834 for more information
Wray Educational Trust
The Trust was set up in 1977, to benefit persons under 25 years of age who have been resident in the Ancient Parish of Leven for at least three years.
It's aims were to help with the cost of books and equipment while at college or university, assist with costs of tools or clothing for persons entering a trade or profession, the award of bursaries, allowances or grants for educational visits abroad and the study of music or other arts; and otherwise in promoting the education, including the social and physical education of applicants.
Each year the Trust helps about 70 people in the form of grants, and since 1977, has allocated over £100,000, and we hope that through careful management, the Trust will continue to assist the young people of Leven for many years to come.
Every organisation in the village where young people are involved have benefited over the years, including the Youth Club, Playing Fields Association, Play School, Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Judo Club, Mother & Toddler, Boys Football, Cricket and Tennis Clubs.
The Trust meet quarterly January, April, July, October to consider requests.
Application Forms are available from the Post Office, from their web pages or from any of the trustees: Mrs J Dickinson (Secretary), Mr R, Richardson (Chairman), Mrs P Ablett, Mrs L Mayo, Mr G McDonald, Mrs A Tennyson, Revd J Grainger-Smith
you can see their web pages (here