The first Abbeyfield House was founded in England in 1956 by retired British Major Richard Carr-Gomm, in response to the profound human loneliness he witnessed in the post-World War II Europe.
Major Carr-Gomm started a non-profit society caring for lonely elderly in the East End of London. Abbeyfield was the name of the street where the first volunteers met to establish the Abbeyfield House Society. Since then, over 800 Abbeyfield Houses have formed around the world, in countries such as Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, South Africa, Poland and the United Kingdom
Abbeyfield Houses Society of Canada was established with the first House being built in Sidney, BC in 1985. There are currently 19 Abbeyfield Houses in Canada including one in Ottawa ( https://abbeyfield.ca/ottawa/ )with additional Houses under development and construction or in the planning stages across the country.