Founded as The Sons of Divine Providence in 1893 by Saint Luigi Orione. He began our work providing relief to the orphans and street children of Tortona, Italy. By the time of his death in 1940 the enterprising Don Orione and his energetic followers had established services for the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged all over Italy.
Coming to England in 1949 Fr Paul Bidone with nothing but ten shillings in pocket and a little English. He by 1952 had established Fatima House in South London for the purpose of providing housing and support for homeless men.
Supported over the years by committed followers of Don Orione and caring volunteers we grew into the service we are today. Providing person centred care and support to elderly people at Cardinal Heenan House in the north of England. We also manage two care homes for adults with learning disabilities in the south of England as well as a horticulture and activities centre. We currently provide 65 units of independent social housing many of which accommodate supported living arrangements.
Orione Care’s religious congregation also supports religious life in the local community of Hampton Wick fostering a burgeoning Polish community as well as preserving traditional Catholic values in the area through regular community outreach to the homeless.
Changing our name in 2009 to Orione Care to better convey to the public our mission while retaining the link to our history and ethos. Still guided by the inspirational maxim of Don Orione “Do good always, do good to all, harm nobody” we are committed to carrying our mission forward and legacies are an important part of what keeps our mission sustainable.
Orione Care is a member of a wider but tightly knit religious Congregation of The Little Work of Divine Providence. This means our congregation provides funding and support to projects for women in India as well as services for the disabled and after school projects. The maintenance of novitiates and community projects in Kenya and the provision of health care and support to the disadvantaged and vulnerable in the Philippines. Legacies are a key component in growing our missions around the world.
Registered in England and Wales as a Company limited by guarantee No. 4249759; Registered Charity No. 1088675; Registered Social Landlord No. LH4338
Registered Address: 13 Lower Teddington Road, Hampton Wick, Kingston upon Thames KT1 4EU