Malcolm’s story

My life is now full of people who want to be friends with me for the right reasons.

Malcolm Partridge, who has a mild learning disability and lives with epilepsy, had his life transformed when he moved into Tavistock Court, a bpha extra care scheme in Bedford, in 2013. Here’s his story.

“I was referred to bpha by social services. They realised that my landlord was charging me an extortionate rent for my property which had lots of problems.  At the same time, I was being visited regularly by a couple of people who I thought were my friends, who I now know were financially abusing me.

“I can genuinely say that moving to Tavistock Court is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  My life is now full of people who want to be friends with me for the right reasons.

“I live independently and the staff here provide me with a little bit of assistance when I need it. I love my flat and it really feels like my home because I’ve decorated it myself.”

Malcolm has taken up painting and cross-stitching by joining two social clubs, and he goes out for lunch at least once a week with friends. This year, his Support Worker will be taking him on holiday to Little Hampton to celebrate his 67th birthday.

He said: “I’d never really celebrated by birthday before moving to Tavistock Court. I love the annual trips and I can’t wait to go to Little Hampton.”

Thousands of people like Malcolm have gained their independence through supported housing. The Starts at Home campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

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