Mary’s story

I've been able to make my home my own.

Mary lived in a care home for people learning disabilities. Unfortunately the home no longer met her needs. Working with partners, Advance, consulted Mary, other residents and their family members about relocating them to a new service, Hope House, which could offer supported living, giving residents’ security of tenure and independence.

Mary has now moved into her own self-contained flat, which she is delighted with and has been able to make it a home of her own.  In the past, Mary has had issues with storing rubbish and keeping her room tidy.  Mary is now being supported to develop ways to help her keep on top of this.

The difference that moving to supported living has made to Mary is both noticeable and sustainable.  The move has enabled her to continue working at a local charity shop.

Photo: Mary in her new home with Advance Chief Executive Julie Layton

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Thousands of people have gained their independence through supported housing. The Starts at Home campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

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