Leonard Cheshire Rose
The Labyrinth
Don & Bruce
A few of our fantastic volunteers
A spring bloom
12 Donaldson Street
Garden view
10 Donaldson Street
View of a room

The Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Home was established in 1981 to provide friendly, low cost accommodation for people from country areas, interstate or overseas who are attending hospitals in Melbourne for medical treatment. Family members and/or carers may also be accommodated.

The Ivanhoe Home is run by the Ryder-Cheshire Victorian Homes Foundation which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.  ABN 94 07 894 2499.

About the Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Home

The Ivanhoe Home is located at 10 -14 Donaldson Street in Ivanhoe, about 9 kilometres north of the Melbourne city centre. It is conveniently located for shopping, buses, trains and community facilities. There is adequate parking on-site and in Donaldson Street.

The Ivanhoe Home is composed of 43 self-contained studio (bed sitter) apartments, set in peaceful garden surrounds. Each apartment contains two or three single beds, an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette. Bedlinen and towels are provided and laundry facilities are available. Meals and nursing care are not provided.

Initial bookings must be made by a social worker, liaison nurse or other professional at the patients' treating hospital.

The Ryder-Cheshire Name

The exceptional English couple, Lady Sue Ryder (Baroness Ryder of Warsaw and Baroness Cheshire, CMG, OBE) and Group Captain Lord Leonard Cheshire (Baron Cheshire VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars, DFC), established homes in the UK and abroad for the sick, handicapped, destitute or dying. Whist visiting Australia, Sue and Leonard inspired a group of locals to set up accommodation for patients and carers in Melbourne. There are now about 400 Ryder-Cheshire Homes around the world, each one is self-governing but all are dedicated to the Ryder-Cheshire philosophy of the relief of suffering without discrimination.

More Information

For more detailed information about the Ivanhoe Home please explore this website or contact us during office hours on (03) 9254 2400.

News and Announcements

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017

The Committee, Staff and Volunteers of the Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Home wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year. On the 15th of December, Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Home hosted Christmas Carols and dinner for the current residents and... Read More

A Sad Farewell

It is with deep regret that we inform the Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Homes community of the recent death of Mrs Jill Moor. Jill has given many years of devoted service on the Committee of Management of the Ivanhoe Homes and... Read More

Biennial Conference – Ballarat

Every two years there is a meeting in Australia of the Ryder Cheshire group in Australia, India and Timor Leste. This year, our biennial conference is being held in Ballarat involving the Australian operation (Homes and State Offices) and... Read More


   VOLUNTEERING - gives our life meaning helps us feel fulfilled as human beings brings personal life changing effects gives an opportunity to give back to others for what you received in your time of need statistically, volunteers enjoy better... Read More

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