Barchester’s Charitable Foundation was created by Barchester Healthcare in 2000 to help people in the communities where the Barchester care homes operate. It is a registered charity based in London and legally completely independent of Barchester Healthcare. The Foundation has its own Board of Trustees comprising independent as well as senior Barchester personnel, who ensure that the grants made are consistent with the Foundation’s aims, objectives and grants criteria.
As a grant giving charity, the Foundation distributes over £150,000 per year to individuals and small community groups/charities across England, Scotland and Wales. By providing grants to improve mobility and quality of life, the Foundation seeks to make a big difference to the lives of older and disabled people.
Barchester Healthcare is the Foundation's main benefactor and makes annual lump sum donations to the Foundation, most importantly by matching pound for pound all fundraising by Barchester staff for the Foundation. In addition, Barchester Healthcare also supports the Foundation through in-kind donations of office space, equipment, accounting, marketing and IT support.