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Starts at Home Day 2018 

We are starting to plan for Starts at Home Day, the now annual event when the housing association share positive stories about the difference supported housing makes to thousands of people.

This year Starts at Home Day will take place on Friday 31 August, perfectly timed to invite your MPs and stakeholders to visit local supported housing schemes.

We can provide campaign boards for you to use in photo opportunities – please email us with your postal address if you’d like to order one and it will be sent to you in time for Starts at Home Day.

If you want to talk to your MP about funding for supported housing when they visit, we can provide you with a briefing but what is most important is that they see first-hand the value of these services.

Since its launch two years’ ago, Starts at Home Day has made a big impact on social media, with #startsathome trending nationwide on Twitter, being the most used hashtag by politicians that day and our posts getting a positive reaction on Instagram. We want to replicate that success this year, so please share your stories on social media using #startsathome.

Nearer the day, we’ll have a template press release and other campaign materials. Let us know if there is anything in particular you’d like us to provide.

Continue to celebrate the vital role of supported housing:

1. Provide a case study

Over the last few months, we’ve received inspiring stories from members across the country. Please do continue to send us case studies that focus on residents living in short term services and we’ll add them to our Stories page. You can submit a case study here.

2. Engaging with your MPs

If you would like to reach out to your local MP, use our example supporter MP letter.

3. Customise your message to raise awareness online