St Hugh’s Home is an charitable institution of the Anglican Diocese of Mauritius. It is a 56-bed elderly home providing long-term care in a positive, compassionate, and unique setting. It is ideally located in Rose Hill, has a large garden, has easy access to public transport and local amenities. It caters for 60+ residents both private and government supported.
In the past, the Anglican Diocese had shelters to cater for orphans, children from poor families and single women. In spite of limited funds, the Diocese managed to keep these shelters running in order to be of service to the most vulnerable people in the community. The boys’ orphanage was situated at Trianon and after cyclone Carol in 1960, it was relocated at Ambrose Street in the former St Paul’s Theological College. The girls and women were sheltered in the orphanage in Rose Belle.
In 1962 during the episcopacy of Bishop Rogers, a building was erected at Sir Edgar Laurent Street, Rose Hill for boys and in 1965, another building was erected for girls while the women continued to occupy the Rose Belle orphanage until 1975 when the building was destroyed by cyclone Gervaise. They were then sent to Rose Hill where they shared the girls’ block. When enough funds had been collected, Rachel and Evelyn Blocks (named after two ladies who had been devoted to the care of the girls and the women in Rose Belle ) were constructed for them and have since then been accommodating Social Security residents. With the decreasing number of orphans being referred to the Home, Bishop Huddleston suggested that the Home could become a shelter for boys at Risk. The Home also provided accommodation to young blind people who were being given training at the School for the Blind during the week. But due to lack of a proper care system, these two services were later closed down. In the meantime, a block (G.Emmanuel House) was built primarily for retired clergy, but the clergy was not forthcoming and so the building was turned into a paying residents’ block.
In 1980, with a view to providing education for children of the working class families of the region, Rainbow Nursery School was set up to cater for the needs of Pre-Primary children. This service, too, had to be closed down in December 1997 through lack of proper infrastructure. In the 1980’s the demand for shelter for the elderly began to make itself felt and the Diocese then decided to convert the existing buildings into residential blocks for paying residents and the Home has, since then, concentrated its attention on the elderly. In June 2010 during the episcopacy of Archbishop Ian Ernest, four self-care flats were built to accommodate more people. On 5th July 2014 they were named Martha and Mary by Mrs Caroline Welby, wife of His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. Since 2005, the home has enacted the Residential Care Home Act and the protection for the elderly Act, put in place by the Mauritian government.