About Settlers Park Retirement Village

A vibrant and thriving community

Settlers Park Retirement Village first opened its doors in 1986 and since then has grown to be a vibrant and thriving community of about 350 residents, supported by a team of competent staff.

Settlers Park Retirement Village is administered by the Settlers Park Association, a registered Public Benefit Organisation (Reg No 930-000-546). Although a non-profit organisation, we strive to be a financially strong and sustainable organisation to ensure we can deliver an exceptional lifestyle to our residents.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to create a happy, healthy community where residents are engaged in community life and have a sense of meaning and purpose. A community where residents are supported to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. A community where everyone feels safe, cared-for and valued.

We aim to create and sustain a holistic, coordinated person-centered care and support system that:

  • Improves quality of life and promotes wellbeing for all our residents
  • Provides progressive and industry leading resources to support residents who face the frailties of aging
  • Ensures superior quality care – reducing the need for premature care centre or hospital admissions
  • Encourages community engagement and service
  • Supports and empowers happy, engaged and inspired employees

Our Values

Guiding us in all we do are our values:

Compassion

Innovation

Community

Mindfulness

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Engagement

Integrity

Continuous learning and development

Location

Located in Port Alfred on the site of an original Settler home that dates back to the 1830s, the Settlers Park Retirement Village spans over 16 hectares of well-established gardens, paved roads and comfortable homes.

Fondly known as Usher’s Corner, the ruins of the original home can still be visited. Built around 1839, it is one of the oldest existing buildings in Port Alfred. It was strategically positioned at the intersection of the main wagon routes from Bathurst, Grahamstown and the Fish River fortifications. Known originally as the blockhouse, it may have provided British troops with supplies and accommodation during the seventh Frontier War.

Today, Usher’s Corner can be used for memorial services with a remembrance wall located right next to it.

Port Alfred is the heart of the Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape and is conveniently located about an hour and a half from both Port Elizabeth and East London. It has beautiful beaches, including a Blue Flag beach, and is surrounded by farms and a number of malaria-free game reserves.

With a population of about 26 000, Port Alfred offers a relaxed and comfortable coastal lifestyle with a generally mild and temperate climate. It tends to rain throughout the year, with January typically the warmest month and July the coolest.

Settlers Park Association Trust

A fully independent entity to the Settlers Park Association, the Settlers Park Association Trust is a separately registered Non-Profit Organisation (Reg No 000-351NPO) that was established in 1995 for the sole benefit of the Settlers Park community.

The Trust is committed to looking after the welfare of our residents by assisting with financial support for residents in need – by subsidising meals and assisting with medical expenses.

In order to generate income for the Trust, all assets are managed by four Trustees supported by volunteers. Funds are raised through:

  • Interest on investments
  • The Trust Shop – our onsite secondhand store
  • The Trust Cottages – that provide accommodation for visitors
  • Other fundraising initiatives

All donations are very welcome and are used to the benefit of the community. The Trust also appreciates any bequests.

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