About us 

Everything we do at Chancery House is focused upon improving the well-being and quality of life of the older people of Bridport and the surrounding area.
 
Within the purpose-built and welcoming Chancery House we offer social interaction and activities for the more active and high quality day care by qualified professionals for those who are more frail.
 
Our aim is twofold:
  • To provide older adults the opportunity to get out of the house and receive both social and mental stimulation
  • To give carers a much needed break, or just time to relax and to re-charge their batteries

Coffee, a hot midday meal and a programme of activities, including the occasional trip out can be enjoyed by all. For the less mobile or for those living in the more rural parts, transport is available to and from Chancery in the specially adapted and wheel chair friendly Chancery mini bus.

We have our own hairdresser on site, for both men and women. Appointments can be made by telephoning 01308-424357.

Chancery House plays a vital role in people’s lives by supporting individuals and maintaining their link with the community. Our day services are often seen as the focal point of the week, something to look forward to which gives some structure to the week/day. Clients of Chancery say it helps them in many ways but the main benefits they highlight are social contact followed by meals, and personal care.

Barbara-Vousden

Barbara-Vousden

Hairdresser & Chairman of Trustees

Marion Wrighton

Marion Wrighton

Volunteer, Receptionist

Irene Denton

Irene Denton

Volunteer (coffee-lounge), Trustee

History

The original name was as the Bridport and District Old People’s Welfare Committee and was government run under part of Social Services.  In 1974 it became known as Age Concern an independent charity.
 
In 1971 Chancery House, the former carriage and coachbuilders attached to the Bull Hotel, was purchased for £4,800.00.    At this time there was no water in the building, flagstones on the floors with walls of whitewashed stone.  The builders converted the original building to make it suitable for purpose.   The people of Bridport and surrounding areas were very supportive in their contributions to this work and the doors to Chancery House opened on the 6th January 1975.   To start with Chancery offered day care and a hot meal one day a week.   As it became more popular, it opened more days, offered more facilities and ran out of space.  Money was raised to purchase the paint shop next door and this was converted into a larger kitchen.   When the new kitchen was finished Chancery could seat 40-55 people.   There was also a handicraft section, tuck shop, new to you and library areas.  In 1994, Chancery once again outgrew the building and the decision was made to buy larger premises.
 
 With the assistance of Help the Aged the garden behind Barclays Bank was purchased and an appeal was setup to raise £400,000 for the new extension.    A lottery grant was successfully received for £250,000.   Building started in April 1998 and the new purpose-built Chancery House was ready to be occupied just before Christmas that year.