In 1947 members of Soroptimist International Southport decided to set up a fund in order to purchase a house. The aim was to obtain a property that could be converted into flats.
In 1956, after a number of years of dedicated fund raising, Barton Hollies was set up on Scarisbrick New Road. In 1967 a second house, Baverstock House on Park Road, was purchased. Both houses were converted to provide affordable accommodation for single and elderly women in Southport who had experienced difficulties with landlords. Throughout the years, the houses have been modernised and upgraded and conform to the current legislation relating to housing associations, including accommodating both male and female tenants.
Recently the committee decided to outsource the management of both houses, as legislation was continually changing.
In 2018, SSHA sold Barton Hollies and the funds received were used to enhance the accommodation at Baverstock House.
Soroptimist International Club Room
In 1976 the need arose for premises in which SI Southport could meet. After a further period of fund raising, the clubroom at Baverstock House was built, consisting of a large meeting room with a separate kitchen. This was opened on 2nd October 1977. The extension forms part of the Housing Association’s stock.
SI Southport make a donation each year which is calculated to share the general running costs. SSHA is responsible for all major maintenance of fixtures and fittings, with SI Southport taking care of the general day to day upkeep (decorating, furnishing and equipment).
Members of SI Southport may individually hold one share each and are, therefore, invited to attend the SSHA Annual General Meeting each year.
If you wish to find out more about SSHA, please speak to either the Chairman or a committee member.