30 Aug 2019

Shining a light on supported housing

Starts at Home Day
  • Dee Jordan

GreenSquare is highlighting the life-changing benefits of its supported housing as part of Starts at Home Day 2019 (30 August).

The day of action, celebrated by housing associations across the UK, is part of the National Housing Federation’s campaign to highlight the positive impact supported housing has on thousands of lives.

Crucial to the campaign is making sure the Government continue to help fund these vital services in the long term so that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs. A 2018 National Audit Office report found that nationwide, spending on support services has reduced by 69% since 2010.

GreenSquare provide specialist housing and support services to people with a range of needs including: young mothers needing a short-term place to live; families at risk of homelessness; people with learning disabilities or mental health issues; older people who can’t manage at home anymore; and women and men fleeing domestic violence.

We also partner and work with over 70 organisations, charities and local authorities to provide tailored housing and support for residents with specialist needs, so they can live safely within their communities.

As part of the campaign, we are sharing stories from some of the people who have benefitted from our services, such as Dee Jordan, 79 (pictured), who moved into a housing scheme for people aged 55 and over in Wiltshire.

“What I didn’t want was for my children to have to one day say, ‘What are going to do with mother?’ Having been independent my whole life, for me that was the one thing I didn’t want," she explains. "I wanted to be in control of where I lived."

“Schemes like this stop people from living in isolation. There are so many elderly people in this country that never see anyone. Whereas here, we’re really fortunate...we have the choice and that’s all elderly people really want.”

You can read more of Dee's story and other stories on the website here and on social media. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and stay updated at #startsathome 

Martin Mellors, head of supported housing at GreenSquare, said: “Starts at Home Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about what supported housing is and the difference it makes to people every day. 

“Our supported housing provides a lifeline for thousands of vulnerable and at risk people with a range of specialist needs, helping them to live safely, live well and achieve a level of independence. Often overlooked is the added value supported housing brings, contributing to mental and physical health and wellbeing of residents, reducing the impact on other services such as health and social care, combating isolation and social exclusion and enabling individuals to live in their homes and communities successfully for longer.

“We are proud of the services that we offer across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire,we understand their value to our residents and communities and it is important that we can continue to keep providing them. This is why improved funding from Government is crucial.”

Visit www.startsathome.org.uk for more information about the campaign.