Bedford Citizens' Housing Association (BCHA) was formed in 1957 for the purpose of "housing elderly people of limited means". The first house was opened in 1958 and further houses opened at approximately one per year until 1964.
In 1963, it became evident that a number of tenants needed more care and arrangements were made to build a residential home to be called Bedford Charter House to house 48 people. In 1986 the Association took over Maydenbury Housing Association Limited acquiring eight further houses and a new purpose built Sheltered Housing scheme.
BCHA completed a £12 million re-development of the Kimbolton Road site in January 2017 including the new Bedford Charter House, which was completed in 2015 and Oak Way House.
Our Senior Management Team
Head of Finance
Paula joined BCHA in 2021. She was the Head of Finance at the HIUK Foundation and prior to that she worked at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Paula
has over 15 years’ experience in the charity sector and started her career in finance in Dulwich working for an Electronic Services business.
Head of Care Services
Liz joined BCHA from Roebuck Nursing Home in Stevenage. Liz has
extensive experience working in both retirement living and as a commissioning manager. She is a qualified nurse and also undertakes a number of voluntary roles including working with the Samaritans and is a member of the Red Cross.
BCHA is run by a voluntary, non executive board consisting of local people skilled and experienced in the running of voluntary organisations and the housing and care of elderly people. The Board are supported by BCHA's Senior Management Team who have a wide range of experience and backgrounds in housing and care.