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Join us Starts at Home Day on Friday 3 September 2021

Starts at Home Day is a day when housing associations up and down the country celebrate supported housing and the positive impact it makes on thousands of lives. This day of action is central to the Starts at Home campaign, which has a simple but important aim – to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a safe home that meets their needs. There are lots of ways for you to support the campaign ranging from social media action to inviting your local MP or Mayor to visit your scheme.

In the lead up to Friday 3 September, there are lots of ways you can get involved. Plan your activities for Starts at Home day and prepare using our resources and templates. Then share your support and stories on social media on the day of action using the hashtag #StartsAtHome.

Preparing for Starts at Home Day

Show your support on social media

There are several ways you can show your support online for Starts at Home Day. Here’s what you can do now to prepare:

  • Email us to request a free Starts at Home supporter board and we’ll pop one in the post for you. You can use this in photos with residents or your local representatives.
  • Draft your social media posts
  • Download the supporter graphics below
  • Prepare a blog or video showing the importance of supported housing – check out our top tips for how to write a great blog and how to record a video for Starts at Home Day.
  • Add this header image to your Twitter profile.
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Supported housing services and staff have been instrumental in keeping people safe during the pandemic.

Invite your local MP or Mayor to visit

It’s vital that our elected representatives understand and appreciate the vital role of supported housing and, as Ally explains, the new intake of MPs is still getting to know the organisations in their constituency, even 18 months after the general election.

To create the biggest splash on Starts at Home Day, we need as many visits as possible to take place on or before that day (Friday 3 September 2021) so photos or videos from the visits can all be shared on the same day. But an MP visit is worthwhile at any time.

Resources

On Starts at Home Day

Share one of our social media graphics

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Join us for Starts at Home Day on Friday the third of September 2021  Supported housing transforms people's lives and wellbeing, allowing them to live independently and with dignity. Starts at Home aims to ensure the people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs. We are calling on the government to reinstate the £1.6 billion ring-fences budget for housing-related support services so that vulnerable people get the quality support services required to help people live independently, prevent homelessness and turn people's lives around.

Create and share your own Starts at Home supporter graphic

Now let’s get #StartsAtHome trending on Friday 3 September 2021!

Share residents’ stories

There is huge value in demonstrating just what supported housing is, and showcasing its positive impact on thousands of lives. One of the most powerful ways to do this is to help residents talk about what supported housing means to them.

This could be a photo and a quote or a video shared on Twitter. Use our guidance on how to create and share your own blog or video for social media. Or share one of our inspiring stories.

Don’t forget to include the hashtag #StartsAtHome in all your social media posts.