Thirteen joins national campaign day to celebrate supported housing

Thirteen is supporting the National Housing Federation's Starts at Home campaign today, which aims to highlight the importance of supported living schemes.

Beechfield Jean

01/09/2017

Starts at Home, now in its second year, celebrates how supported housing helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people regain their independence and confidence.

Housing associations provide a wide range of vital supported housing services including extra care housing, sheltered accommodation, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and housing for those with disabilities.

The National Housing Federation and its members are campaigning to persuade the Government to commit to ensuring that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.

Thirteen’s executive director of service delivery and development, Chris Smith said: “It is important that we continue to provide high quality, modern homes with the right care and support for people in their own home, so they can live as independently as possible.”

Jean's story

Jean, 81, originally from Stockton had lived in Middlesbrough for the past 50 years, before moving into one of the bungalows at Beresford Crescent.

The mum of nine, who worked as a cleaner until she was 63, moved from her four bedroom family home where she was living alone.

Jean remembers: “It was a happy home, so I know why people sometimes hesitate to move.” But Jean was struggling to get down the stairs at home.

She said: “My daughter wanted me to downsize and she was right. Moving here two years ago was the best thing I could have done to help myself.

“As soon as I walked in, I thought, I’d never seen such a beautiful soothing place. I’ve met some lovely friends. I’m very fortunate and I’m content here. This is my home and I’m really happy.

“While I can manage on my own, I’m reassured knowing there’s help here if I need it and the carers are brilliant. I don’t feel worried - I’m safe here and it’s a lovely community.”