Philip’s story

Philip, 60, lives at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Epworth House, which consists of 13 self-contained flats providing care and support for adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

I have a learning disability and had lived in a flat in the community for more than 20 years, but I was very reluctant to engage with any services. I had difficulties with some local people and my social worker suggested I take a look at Epworth House.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about moving into supported housing in January 2019, but once I saw one of the flats at Epworth House I was really excited to move in.

The staff help me to take better care of myself and support me when visiting the dentist and doctor.

Before moving here I didn’t really talk to anyone, but now I have lots of new friends who I have met through a community group that I’m supported to attend.

If it wasn’t for supported housing, I would still be in my flat with no friends, not living a very happy life. I didn’t take care of my wellbeing at all so I’d most likely be struggling to look after myself. I can’t believe the difference in my life. I spent so many years on my own, I feel like I’m a brand new person.

I’m a lifelong football fan and, thanks to the support of staff, I’ve now attended my first match. This would have been really difficult for me to do before now.

I am really enjoying my time here.

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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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