Barrowmore is a registered charity established in 1920 by the Joint Committee of the British Red Cross and the Order of St.John as a sanatorium to treat soldiers returning from the First World War with Tuberculosis. The colony of Barrowmore Village Settlement was established in the then Barrowmore Hall, purchased from the Lyle Smyth family in 1920 and later bombed and destroyed in 1940. Rebuilt as a hospital it was taken over by the NHS from 1948 and continued to operate until its closure in 1982.
A workshop providing sheltered employment was added in the 1930s together with a residential estate for employees of the Settlement and a hostel for single men was built in 1954. Following closure of the NHS hospital, the building was converted into a Nursing Home, which opened in 1993 and which is now Barrowmore House, supported accommodation for vulnerable people with disabilities.
The Charity has responded to changes in the need for support in its area and has widened its scope to cover all forms of vulnerability and disability from all sectors of the community although ex-servicemen have primarily been given priority. Barrowmore is managed by a Chief Executive reporting to a Committee of Trustee/Directors, including, until recent retirement, members of the original organisation which founded the Charity.
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