John Huntingdon’s Charity

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John Huntingdon's Charity was founded by a kind landowner in the 16th century to help the people of Sawston - and it still does. It provides housing, advice/support and grants for local residents and good causes.

Jill and her team work with the trustees of John Huntingdon’s Charity to support people who live in Sawston and the surrounding villages – services include:


Sawston residents and those with strong connections to the village can apply to live in one of JHC’s almshouses, even if they are on the South Cambridgeshire District Council waiting list. Every time a house becomes available, it is advertised around the village and on the JHC Facebook page.

Advice & information

Support Workers at JHC answer all sorts of enquiries about all sorts of things – including housing, benefits, debt, Personal Independence Payment applications and family breakdown. If they can’t advise you, they can signpost you to other organisations that can.


JHC works with Cogwheel Counselling to provide low cost counselling services for residents of Sawston and the surrounding villages.


Local individuals, families, groups and organisations can apply for small grants for essential costs (for example, cookers or nursery school fees), or to provide local services. If you are an individual or family, speak to one of the friendly Support Workers. If you are a group or organisation, you can download a grant application form here.


The foodbank at JHC is self-referral (you don’t need a voucher), and is for people who are facing temporary financial hardship. Speak to a member of the team for details about when you can pick up a food parcel. There is more info about food support around South Cambridgeshire here.

Allotments & community orchard

If you’d like to look after an allotment or volunteer at the community orchard, contact JHC – and there’s more info here.


Advice and support provided by JHC is free.

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Contact JHC to find out about the cost of renting housing and allotments.

How to contact

Where to go

John Huntingdon’s Charity
John Huntingdon Centre
189 High Street
Cambridge CB22 3HJ

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