Registered Office and
Administration Centre

59 Imperial Avenue,
Essex SS0 8NQ
t: 01702 345969


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"We want everything we do in our homes to be driven by the needs, abilities and aspirations of our residents"

"Our aim is to bring the outside world in"

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Our Aim

Our aim is to provide the best possible care and affection in a friendly and informal environment. We want our residents to live as normal and as full a life as they desire. We wish to ensure their individuality, freedom of choice and personal dignity are respected at all times.

We pride ourselves on selecting staff who demonstrate care with a mature approach. We also offer them both in-house and external training.

Our Management Teams are chosen not only for their management skills, but also for their sympathetic and caring approach.

Our resident and relatives views are extremely important to us and we have an established Communications and Complaints Procedure in place as well as conducting an annual satisfaction survey to enable us to continuously improve the service we provide. Our Home Managers also have an open door policy which means they are available to speak with relatives and residents on a day to day basis to share information or any concerns.

Should you wish to visit any of our homes we would be delighted to meet you and show you around. We welcome any person considering moving to a Residential Home to spend the day with us to get the feel of the home and meet the staff. 

Our History

The Organisation was initially known as The Southend-on-Sea Council for the Welfare of Elderly People and was started in 1946 to help people over the age of 60 in Southend-on-Sea.

The founder of the organisation was Edward Cecil Jones, The first acquisition in 1946 was the purchase of 50 Avenue Road in Westcliff for use as a social day centre.
Following this acquisition, in 1947, the trustees purchased Sandringham, 5-7 Westcliff Avenue, for use as a residential home, The Dowsett family donated a house, 74 Lifstan Way, in October 1948 and in 1949 the trustees purchased a house, 24 Nelson Drive, Leigh for use as a social day centre.

The Organisation was registered as a charity in April 1949.

Around this time, the trustees agreed to change the name to The Southend-on-Sea Darby and Joan Organisation.

In 1961, Stella Chalton Hubbard left the Organisation funds to acquire a home in memory of her late husband Chalton Hubbard. April 2012 saw the merger between the organisation and St Martins Residential Care Ltd joining St Martins with our other care homes.

Darby & Joan St Martins Care Home

In 2013 the trustees reviewed the position of Cecil Jones House, a sheltered home for up to 9 older people. This review was the result of reducing demand for places in the home and concerns becoming apparent about the ability of the house to physically meet the needs of its residents. The house was put on the market in April 2014 and completed in August 2014

In April 2014 a review was conducted into Chaltonholme and its suitability as a care home for the 21st century.

The outcome was the decision to close the home. Residents were assisted to find alternative accommodation. The sale of Chaltonholme completed in March 2016.

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