Thirteen joins national campaign day to celebrate supported housing

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

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31 Aug 2018

Starts at Home, now in its third year, celebrates how supported housing helps hundreds of thousands of 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.

Thirteen’s executive director of service delivery and development, Chris Smith said: “We’re delighted that, last year the government announced housing benefit will be kept in place for all of those living in supported housing. This means that hundreds of thousands of people, many who are very vulnerable will continue to receive the support they need to live independently in a home which is appropriate for their needs.

“Thirteen has a long history of providing specialised accommodation, with 55 existing sheltered, supported housing and extra care older persons’ schemes. These homes enable people with a wide variety of care and support needs, who may otherwise have to live in residential or health service accommodation, to live independently.

“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.”

Yvonne's story

84-year-old Yvonne moved into Barnaby House in Eston last May and she says it saved her life.

Born in South Bank, Yvonne worked in the shipyards at Smith’s Docks as a tack welder. It was there Yvonne met her husband from Denmark who worked on the ships.

The mum-of-two was married for 48 years before her husband suddenly passed away, she remembers: “He was a wonderful husband and a father.”

A couple of years ago, Yvonne lost her twin sister. She said: “I was living in a flat on my own before I moved here. I was a mess. I was anxious and I didn’t feel like I had anything to live for.

“Moving here has saved my life. I like everything about living here and there’s always someone to talk to. I was made to feel so welcome and I make sure I do the same for others. We like to welcome new people.

“All of the staff are brilliant, from the housing team, cleaners to the care staff, they all helped and supported me when I moved in.

“There’s always plenty to do, we have singers and we’ve been learning how to play the ukulele, there’s a quiz on a Friday, armchair exercises and we go out on day trips.

“Even when I don’t always take part, I like to go and watch. It’s helped me a lot and I’ve made good friends here.

“I’m still very independent, but I have someone to come in and see me for half an hour support every day to make sure I’m ok. I know there’s people there if I need them. It’s safe in here. This is my home now and I’m happy.”

Barnaby House in Eston is a purpose built extra care scheme for over 55s, to help people live independently within the community. Residents have a wide range of care needs with access to onsite care and support services. The scheme, part of the Eston Community Village development, is located in the centre of the town, with amenities on the doorstep. Facilities include a guest room for visitors and a restaurant, as well as a communal lounge, a chiropodist, hairdressers and a landscaped garden.