Independence

We believe that independence starts at home.

Supported housing gives people the opportunity to regain their confidence and to develop skills to enable to live independently in their community. The stories below show how housing associations have helped people in communities across the country to regain independence and to help achieve their aspirations.

Stories
Trevor’s story Trevor’s story
Trevor This is a safe place to live, with support suited to me.
Trevor This is a safe place to live, with support suited to me.

Supported housing helped Trevor to live independently.

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Eddie’s story Eddie’s story
Eddie I feel secure and able to maintain my independence
Eddie I feel secure and able to maintain my independence

Supported housing has prevented Eddie being isolated from the outside world.

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Ron and Linda’s story Ron and Linda’s story
Ron and Linda The carers have been a god send for Ron and I worry about him less.
Ron and Linda The carers have been a god send for Ron and I worry about him less.

Supported housing has enabled Ron and Linda to live together in a place they love.

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Lynne’s story Lynne’s story
Lynne My family knows I'm happy, active and secure in my own home.
Lynne My family knows I'm happy, active and secure in my own home.

Supported housing has given Lynne peace of mind.

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Jodie’s story Jodie’s story
Jodie This situation could happen to anybody, there was nothing unique about my life.
Jodie This situation could happen to anybody, there was nothing unique about my life.

Supported housing is helping Jodie move from trauma to recovery.

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Bev’s story Bev’s story
Bev Without places like this, an influx at hospitals would make things worse in the long run.
Bev Without places like this, an influx at hospitals would make things worse in the long run.

Supported housing gave Bev a lifeline when her life was most turbulent.

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Ivy and Alf’s story Ivy and Alf’s story
Ivy and Alf We are truly a part of this community and it feels good.
Ivy and Alf We are truly a part of this community and it feels good.

Supported housing means Ivy and Alf have a life of their own, independent from family.

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Bobby and Rosemary Bobby and Rosemary
Bobby and Rosemary Sometimes it just takes a few design tweaks to make life easier.
Bobby and Rosemary Sometimes it just takes a few design tweaks to make life easier.

Supported housing has helped Bobby adjust to being disabled.

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Bill’s story Bill’s story
Bill I have to be looked after, but I also want my independence.
Bill I have to be looked after, but I also want my independence.

Supported housing has given Bill his independence back.

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Barbara’s story Barbara’s story
Barbara It's important that my independence is paramount.
Barbara It's important that my independence is paramount.

Supported housing meant Barbara was able to nurse her husband in his final years.

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Alison’s story Alison’s story
Alison Alison’s brain injury has affected her ability to communicate.
Alison Alison’s brain injury has affected her ability to communicate.

Supported housing has given Alison the chance to look after herself and enjoy having a…

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Ross’s story Ross’s story
Ross It was great knowing I had the security of two years of accommodation and support.
Ross It was great knowing I had the security of two years of accommodation and support.

Ross moved from small steps such as being able to knock on a door or…

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Anne-Marie’s story Anne-Marie’s story
Anne-Marie I’m settled now and I hope to see more places like this built for lots of people like me.
Anne-Marie I’m settled now and I hope to see more places like this built for lots of people like me.

Supported housing helped Ann-Marie to regain her independence after leaving hospital.

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Daphne’s story Daphne’s story
Daphne I was so grateful to be re-housed I cried with relief.
Daphne I was so grateful to be re-housed I cried with relief.

I was so grateful to be re-housed I cried with relief.

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Naomi’s story Naomi’s story
Naomi Supported housing helped Naomi's confidence to flourish.
Naomi Supported housing helped Naomi's confidence to flourish.

Naomi has “really bonded” with the other tenants and has made firm friends.

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Tom’s story Tom’s story
Tom It has afforded me the ability to stabilise and improve my health.
Tom It has afforded me the ability to stabilise and improve my health.

Supported housing enabled ex-RAF Squadron Leader Tom to manage his recovery from a heart attack…

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Mira’s story Mira’s story
Mira I was controlled by the shame of what had happened to me.
Mira I was controlled by the shame of what had happened to me.

Supported housing helped Mira gain security.

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James’ story James’ story
James I feel that now I have a safe home
James I feel that now I have a safe home

Supported housing helped James stop sofa surfing and sleeping rough.

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Peter’s story Peter’s story
Peter I want to give back after all they’ve given to me.
Peter I want to give back after all they’ve given to me.

Supported housing gave Peter the security he needed to transform his life.

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June’s story June’s story
June A terrible accident led June to a secure home
June A terrible accident led June to a secure home

Supported housing gave June her confidence back

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Jean’s story Jean’s story
Jean It was the best thing I ever did and I have never looked back.
Jean It was the best thing I ever did and I have never looked back.

“My family are now able to get on with their lives, as they don’t have…

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Mary’s story Mary’s story
Mary You feel like you’ve come in from the cold
Mary You feel like you’ve come in from the cold

You feel like you’ve come in from the cold and it’s that feeling of being…

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Amanda’s story Amanda’s story
Amanda My world is expanding and I am building solid foundations for my future
Amanda My world is expanding and I am building solid foundations for my future

I am trusted and I trust myself

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Paul’s Story Paul’s Story
Paul My mental health is much more balanced and I am much happier.
Paul My mental health is much more balanced and I am much happier.

Supported housing helped Paul to transform his life.

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Julie’s story Julie’s story
Julie Supported housing has saved my life.
Julie Supported housing has saved my life.

Supported housing helped Julie to transform her life.

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Carol’s story Carol’s story
Carol It has changed our lives for the better.
Carol It has changed our lives for the better.

In every way this has been a brilliant move for Carol. She has everything she…

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Shannon’s story Shannon’s story
Shannon I feel so much happier now.
Shannon I feel so much happier now.

College is going well and I’m back on track.

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Jane’s story Jane’s story
Jane Supported housing was there for me when I needed it.
Jane Supported housing was there for me when I needed it.

It’s enabled me to move on and I’m now in my own place.

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Ivor’s story Ivor’s story
Ivor This is my home now.
Ivor This is my home now.

I feel like I'm able to make an impact here.

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Terry’s story Terry’s story
Terry I know if I can do it, other people can too.
Terry I know if I can do it, other people can too.

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Tina’s story Tina’s story
Tina This is all part of Tina becoming more independent.
Tina This is all part of Tina becoming more independent.

I’m so proud to see how she’s flourished since moving into her own place at…

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Douglas’ story Douglas’ story
Douglas I love my new flat. It’s so quiet here.
Douglas I love my new flat. It’s so quiet here.

Douglas lives independently because of supported housing.

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Mike’s story Mike’s story
Mike Supported housing has had a good impact on my life
Mike Supported housing has had a good impact on my life

I don’t think they should close these places, I think they should keep them open.

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Malcolm’s story Malcolm’s story
Malcolm I can genuinely say that moving to Tavistock Court is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Malcolm I can genuinely say that moving to Tavistock Court is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

I can genuinely say that moving to Tavistock Court is the best thing that has…

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