We owe a huge debt to those who have served in our armed forces especially when they have been injured either physically or mentally carrying out their duty to ensure our country’s security. In return, we believe both veterans and their families should be able to live the rest of their lives in peaceful and tranquil surroundings.
What they say
“It’s so quiet here, the gardens are so well maintained we feel we are living in an oasis so close to the hustle and bustle of Leicester.”
“When my husband left the RAF we never knew we could live in such a beautiful place. We feel a sense of pride in living here”.
“We love it here. Everyone is so friendly, there is a real sense of community amongst the residents.”
“North Memorial Homes could not be more convenient for shopping in Oadby. Just a 5 minute walk to major supermarkets including Asda, Lidl and M&S, plus banks, hairdressers and the many other shops on The Parade. Venturing a little further, there is a regular bus service in and out of Leicester.”
“Whilst we all live our own lives in our own way, help is always on hand if we need it.”
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To be considered for a place in one of our homes, we ask that you meet a few criteria. To learn more about these click here.Download
The Charity takes its name from Sir Jonathan North who was Mayor of Leicester from 1914 to 1917 and who did so much, with others, to raise the money to build the Homes. The purpose was to provide family homes for some of the countless service men and women disabled during the First World War. This was later extended to cover the Second World War and other hostilities in which British Forces were involved. Provision of housing for former members of HM Forces and their dependants, in need, hardship or distress continues to be the priority.
The accommodation was designed in the 1920s’ and over time demand and standards have changed. In 1979 the Management Committee decided that the way forward was to provide smaller units of accommodation and provide homes for couples or single persons, and a number of adaptations have been made to suit the needs of individual residents.
Accordingly, the alms houses were also registered as a Social Housing provider, in order to take advantage of the government loans and grants available, and a programme of converting the houses each into two self-contained flats started. These will continue to be done as and when houses become vacant.
The Charity is administered by the voluntary Trustees, with the day-to-day management being carried out by an Honorary Treasurer, Secretary to the Trustees and Honorary Administrator. All are charged with a duty of care to ensure residents are treated fairly and their queries and requests are dealt with promptly
The Trustees and Management Committee of the Homes are drawn widely from the City and include the Lord Mayor of Leicester, one City Councillor, representatives of the Bishop of Leicester, and the Leicester Council of Faiths.
Meet our Trustees:
The Right Reverend Martyn SnowBishop of Leicester
Bishop Martyn became the seventh Bishop of Leicester in May 2016. He moved to Leicester from Gloucester where he had been Bishop of Tewkesbury since 2013. He is also the lead Bishop for Lay Ministry in the Church of England, taking a proactive role in the development of a wide range of ministry from licensed roles such as Readers and Pioneers, to youth and children and families’ workers.
Councillor Deepak BajajLord Mayor of Leicester
Councillor Bajaj was born in Delhi, but came to Leicester as a young boy. He was brought up in Belgrave and became a councillor in 2007, representing the Evington ward. He has sat on various council committees including audit finance, children services, neighbourhoods, heritage, leisure, health, adult social care and the fire authority. From an early age Cllr Bajaj began helping local people, particularly those with language barriers, and was always very keen to work with members of the community. He is passionate about Leicester and is looking forward to serving the citizens of Leicester for the next twelve months.
Tony NelsonChairman of the Trustees and Representative of Leicester Council of Faiths
Tony is Chairman of the Trustees. A former Civil Servant he retired in 2004 having spent my career in senior positions in what was the Inland Revenue. Since then, he has devoted himself to voluntary work in the interfaith field. He has served as President of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation from 1987 to 1990 and is currently a member of the Management Committee with responsibility for all interfaith matters.
John Bewley MBE TDBishop of Leicester’s Representative
John is a retired HR and Corporate Affairs Manager, together with 20 years Territorial Army service. As former Chairman of SSAFA, Leicestershire, he has lived in Oadby since 1982 and have been both Chairman and Trustee of the North Memorial Homes with 15 years of service. He current sits as Vice Chairman
Jan BryersBishop of Leicester’s Representative
Jan currently work for the Church of England in a community outreach role and having lived in Oadby for over 20 years. She has been involved in many voluntary action projects in the borough. From an Armed Forces family, Jan acts as the Bishop’s representative for the trustees. As such she provides the Bishop of Leicester with regular updates on the North Memorial Homes as one of his principal charities. She regards her current role with the Homes as a great honour
David Young TD DLArmed Forces Representative
David has combined both a military and civilian career. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and full time Marketing Executive with the WPP Group PLC working across the world. He is currently Chairman of Leicestershire and Rutland Committee of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Army’s national charity. He is also a trustee of The Leicester & Leicestershire Memorial Foundation and a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of the County.
Louise is a local girl having lived in Oadby for most of her life. She has served as a trustee for 10 years. She is a trained solicitor and has used her knowledge to help shape the North Memorial Homes for the future, so the residents can continue to enjoy their community and be proud of where they live.
Dr Marcus Jayant Solanki MBE RMN FRSATrustee
Marcus Solanki has lived in Leicester for 51 years, 43 of which has been in service as a clinician with the NHS in the community. He is an eminent specialist in mental health issues both as a therapist and advisor. He is a member of the Council of Faiths and leader of the Gujrati Christians in Leicester. Marcus has received many awards including an investiture as Member of the British Empire (MBE). He is also a member of the Police Advisory Board.
Luke St ClairTrustee
Director of Knightsbridge Estate Agents, a Local business owner in the Oadby, Wigston & Clarendon Park who places a strong emphasis on supporting the community and giving back.
Son of an armoured tank soldier, Julian has been a Trustee of North Memorial Homes for 5 years. A retired school master, he has, until recently been representative of the Evangelical Church which forms part of the complex at the North Memorial Homes.
A former Lord Mayor and Leicester Councillor for 24 years, Gary is Chair of Design for Architecture and Planning for the East Midlands. He also a member of the Diocese Advisory Committee and member of the East Midlands Reserved Forces and Cadets Association. He is also a non-executive director of regional development agency EMDA
North Memorial Homes provides independent living accommodation for individuals, couples or families who comply with the criteria for admission as set out in the Trust Deed authorised by the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales.
North Memorial Homes does not provide either social or nursing care or an on-site Housing Manager. Therefore, all applicants must be able to manage their own care needs. Where independent living is no longer possible, the resident and/or their family will be responsible for finding more suitable accommodation.
All applications for accommodation at North Memorial Homes will be considered irrespective of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, marital status or appearance.
North Memorial Homes will collect and monitor records of all applicants in order to fulfil its commitment to Equality legislation.