Originally known as the Wimborne Area Housing Association (WAHA), East Boro was set up by Peggy Bartley, a local doctor’s wife, in 1960. With its roots firmly plated in the historic Dorset market town, Mrs Bartley’s vision and aim was that of meeting the housing needs of local people.
The first property acquired by WAHA was the old bake house building in Station Road, Wimborne. Once refurbished this became home to married couples in need, with the organisation adding to its property portfolio on a regular basis.
In the mid seventies WAHA merged with Cranborne Housing Association, at which point East Boro Housing Trust, as is it was known, was born.
In 2006 East Boro became Corporate Trustees of Cyril Wood Memorial Trust, a sheltered housing scheme in Bere Regis, Dorset, which provides accommodation specifically for retired artists, writers, painters, musicians and crafts-people.
A year later, the organisation undertook a huge refurbishment at the facility – something that received widespread acclaim.
East Boro marked its Golden Jubilee in 2010.
During the celebrations, Chief Executive Kevin Hodder said: "As a specialist supported housing provider East Boro aims to continue Peggy Bartley’s vision for many years to come. Both the Trust’s Board of Management and entire staff team strive to achieve this and we look forward to the new decade and further still, to the challenges of the next 50 years."
And 2010 also saw the purchase of ANA Housing in Weymouth, adding 42 units of accommodation to the Trust's property portfolio, providing accommodation for adults with learning disabilities.
Meanwhile 2013 proved a year of mixed emotions for all at East Boro.
It began with the sad passing of former Chairman, shareholder and board member, Ray Faulkner – a man who proved such an inspiration to all those who knew him.
The spring saw the organisation gain a royal seal of approval with HRH Prince Charles officially opening Cambridge Court – a facility for adults with learning disabilities on Duchy of Cornwall land at Poundbury near Dorchester.
The year ended with the completion of a major refurbishment at Digby Court in Dorchester.
Acquired from Dorset County Council, Digby Court provides accommodation and services to vulnerable adults.
A second phase to Cambridge Court - named Prince George House – was opened in early 2014.
The beginning of 2014 also saw the organisation launch a new logo and corporate branding. The words Housing Trust were dropped from its title and replaced by the strap line Housing, Care, Support.
“The new logo, branding and name is all about moving the organisation forward”, explained Kevin Hodder. “We are much more than a housing trust and that needed to be reflected in our image.”
2014 saw the purchase of an emergency accomodation property in Bovington and a supported living property in Weymouth, housing five adults with learning disabilities. East Boro also took on the support requirements at Orchard Court, an independent living facility in Weymouth.
The organisation was also followed and featured for a whole week by BBC Radio Solent. This included studio interviews and an outside broadcast from one of East Boro's schemes.