A little about our formation

CWL Housing was founded by the Brentwood Branch of the Catholic Women’s League, a charitable organisation, in 1966.

By its rules, CWL Housing is an independent body, non-denominational, non-racial and non-profit making. It is run by a small salaried staff and voluntary members of the Board. The Board are responsible for the organisational and operation of the company.

CWL Housing is registered with charitable status under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Act 2014. Registered Number 17479 R. Homes and Community Agency (HSA), also known as The Regulator of Social Housing. It is also a member the National Housing Federation.

CWL Housing operates in the Essex area; St. Margaret’s comprising 14 one-bedroom apartments, situated in Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea and St. Anne’s comprising of 30 apartments situated in Stifford Clays, Grays.

Our Vision with you in mind!

Our long term aim

To be a provider of choice to people over state retirement age who seek independent living, in a comfortable rented retirement home in Essex.

What we do

  • Provide quality retirement homes for rent that meets the needs of local people.
  • Deliver flexible, cost-effective services.
  • Develop the potential of all our employees and maintain a culture that recognises diversity.

Our Values


We provide rented accommodation and services that our residents need for independent living.


We recruit high quality personnel, both paid and volunteers, retaining and developing their skills.


We are a not-for-profit organisation.  All surpluses go into developing services, new accommodation, maintaining and upgrading our existing properties.

Quality services.

We seek to innovate where possible and provide the highest standards of care for our residents so that they enjoy independent living.

Financially robust.

We live within our means and ensure we are financially strong in the short, medium and long-term.

Resident focused.

We provide opportunities for residents to play a role in shaping the work of the organisation at all levels.

Good governance.

Good governance and responsible stewardship are essential elements to the business.

Our leadership team

Pam Potter

Pam Potter

Housing Manager
Claire Baker

Claire Baker

Assistant Housing Manager