Langley House Trust was founded by a group of Christian men and women who were passionate about changing the lives of men leaving prison.
Our founders, ‘Team K’, sought to buy Langley House as the first project in which to house and support men coming from prison. They successfully registered the name in 1958 but got gazumped in the house purchase!
The name stayed and we opened our first project, Elderfield in Winchester, in 1959. John Dodd, a former prisoner of war and a charismatic soldier, was Langley’s first Director General (modern day CEO).
The desperation that our founders and John Dodd wanted to address was typified by one man who set fire to a curtain in a cafe, just so that he could be re-arrested and go back to prison. For him, prison was ‘safer’ than the outside world.
Since opening our doors, we have housed and supported thousands of people – both men and women – helping them to live crime-free.
We are proud of our Christian heritage and are built on firm Christian principles and foundations. However, our services are for people of any faith or no faith.