Ray’s story

One of the best things about the scheme is that you still get a lot of freedom

Ray used to rent a bottom floor flat with Trent & Dove Housing and has been with the group for over 50 years. When Ray was informed about the development of Chestnut Grange, he snapped up the chance to move into supported housing as his wife Joyce is disabled and they often struggled with mobility in the flat.

It was a big relief on their way of living – as his wife Joyce needs a wheelchair, she had trouble getting around and access into the flat was a huge problem for them. Ray says “It is hard to say where we’d be without supported housing but probably still in our old home. In a few years, we’d probably have to reassess living there anyway. There would have come a time when Joyce could no longer gain access to the flat so we would have had to of moved eventually as it was very difficult to get in and out.”

Ray has a season ticket for Burton Albion and this means that when he is attending matches – he knows that his wife is safe within Chestnut Grange and has the carers and the community there to help her if she was ever in danger. Ray had lots of praise for the carers at Chestnut Grange, him and his wife have had to use them a few times when Joyce needed assistance.

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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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