Thirteen set to join national campaign day to celebrate supported housing

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

Riz And Alice

27 Aug 2019

Starts at Home Day (30 August 2019), 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 has a long history of providing specialised accommodation, with 55 existing sheltered, supported housing, extra care older persons’ schemes, young persons, young parents, mental health and learning disabilities.

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.

Thirteen’s director of customer support services, Chris Joynes said: “Supported housing schemes give hundreds of thousands of people, many who are very vulnerable the support they need to live independently in a home which is appropriate for their needs.

“Our staff members do a fantastic job supporting our customers in their homes. It is important that we continue to provide these high quality, modern homes with the right care and support that people need, so they can live as independently as possible.”

Alice's story

Meadowfield House in Thornaby has been home for Alice for just over six years and she’s never looked back.

Living there has allowed Alice to remain independent, but she has all of the care and support she needs from Jayne, Riz and the team at Direct Health.

She said: “There’s always plenty to do and people around to talk to so you’re never lonely– from simply having a coffee and a chat with the other residents, dominos, prize bingo and movie afternoon."

Alice also loves singing and she isn’t shy when it comes to joining in! “I would definitely recommend living somewhere like Meadowfield House, I can’t fault a thing! They are all so welcoming and if I need anything at all, I always know the office is always open and I can call in for a chat.”

Former hairdresser Riz, works as a housing support apprentice at the scheme. She said: “I enjoy being able to support people like Alice and help improve the quality of their life. “I get to know the residents and every day at work is different – it’s great to know that what we’re doing is making a real difference.”