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

At the heart of our Residential Care Home is our staff team, dedicated to supporting our residents to live a full and happy life with us. Our staff team benefits from extensive training and development to enhance their skills and abilities to support our residents.

Our Care Home Manager also has an open door policy which means she is available to speak with relatives and residents on a day-to-day basis to share information or any concerns. Our residents and relatives views are extremely important to us and we have an established quality assurance programme in place to enable us to continuously improve the service we provide.

Darby & Joan St Martins Care Home

Should you wish to visit our Care Home, we would be delighted to meet you and show you around. We welcome any person considering moving to a Residential Care Home to spend the day with us to get a 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-on-Sea 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 Care 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-on-Sea 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.

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