Ray’s story

Life has not always been easy for Ray, who says that at one time in his life he had 13 homes within a year and never felt settled. 

But that feeling of being settled changed when he moved to Thorngate two years ago.

It is not just Ray’s life that has changed but his health has improved dramatically too and says moving to Thorngate has been a total change of lifestyle for the better and has enabled his doctor to reduce his medication. Ray suffers from a number of conditions. He has had a renal transplant, is diabetic, suffers from hypertension and has a weakened left arm.

When Ray decided to move into supported housing, he had recently had a few falls and was feeling very unsafe, frightened and isolated. His room in a tower block was also poorly heated and the insulation was inefficient and he had moved his bed into the lounge to keep warm and save money.

When Ray first moved in he was very uncertain and anxious. Within a matter of a week it was possible to see an improvement as his neighbours took him under their wing and the warden supported him.  When you meet Ray now he absolutely brimming with happiness, enthusiasm, and confidence. He is very kind to everyone and seems to have blossomed in the community to become a very valued member of it and willing to help anyone who needs help.

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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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