After her marriage failed in 1975 and she was left to look after her two children with very little to fall back on, Colleen qualified for a social housing flat in Brighton. Staying there for 37 years, she always felt safe and enjoyed working as a nurse in Brighton hospital.
“Living in social housing enabled me to bring up my children in a safe environment and to train and work in the local area, which was important to me as I don’t drive.”
Once she retired Colleen wanted to move out of Brighton and explore her love of the countryside. She was over the moon to have found her new supported housing home in Haywards Heath.
“Now that I’m 74, I find myself living somewhere that suits my needs perfectly and it’s good to know there’s help on hand for me here with the scheme manager. It’s marvellous I can join in with coffee morning and outings if I want to and there’s a sense of community.”
“There is such a need for social housing, greater now than ever before. It’s so important people have a home, even a small one, and can access the right help if they need it.”