Before being referred to supported housing, Barry was homeless and had been sleeping on friend’s sofas or on the floor at his mother’s house. Barry has a learning disability and has difficulties in particular with reading & writing.
Barry moved into a temporary accommodation service in Redcar and was with them for over a year. He had a dedicated support worker to help him adjust to living on his own. It was the first time he had lived on his own and had to manage money. After a successful year, he was then offered a general needs property, close to his family and friends. Barry now has a housing officer and a support worker to help enable him to live independently.
Barry has a very active life now that he has his independence. The support that Barry received has enabled him to manage and understand a tenancy now and start to manage his own bills. supported housing has given Barry the chance to build a new life for himself that allows him to pursue everything he loves.
Barry is heavily involved in various sporting activities through the Adult Learning & Disability Team, and, has just recently attended the Disabled Olympics gaining a Bronze & Silver medal in his chosen sport of indoor bowling. He was extremely proud of this achievement and it’s all possible now he has his independence back.
“It’s great now I can live in my own place. I would have been homeless if I hadn’t got the help from North Star. They helped me learn how to manage my money better and pay my bills and how I go about paying my rent. And now I have my very first home, and without North Star I wouldn’t have this. Now I have my forever home, somewhere to show my medals off and watch all the football I want.”