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Sanctuary support for Starts At Home

29 August 2019

Sanctuary Supported Living is supporting Starts At Home Day today, a National Housing Federation (NHF) led campaign celebrating the value of supported housing.

Sanctuary residents support Starts at Home

Sanctuary Supported Living residents celebrate Starts at Home Day

This year’s aim is to showcase the invaluable work done in the supported housing sector, and the effect it has on residents.

Through the campaign, the NHF is calling on the Government to allocate a ring-fenced support fund, following a 2018 National Audit Office report that found spending on support services nationwide had reduced by 69 per cent since 2010.

Sanctuary Supported Living is sharing stories from staff and residents about the positive impact supported housing has on people’s lives across the country.

This includes Kaylah, who received support at Southend Young Parents’ Service, and now lives independently; Michelle, who lived at Old Liverpool Road in Warrington, which supports adults with mental health needs; and Teresa, who is supported at Hilltop House in Bury St Edmunds, a service which provides care for adults with physical disabilities.

Staff are also sharing their experiences. Keira Harrison from Southend Young Parents’ Service talks about the support her team offers to local teenage parents, while Neil Hall, deputy local service manager at Brighton and Hove Foyer, describes what his job means to him.

Other services are set to host local MPs, who will learn more about the personalised support on offer.

Sara Keetley, Operations Director – Sanctuary Supported Living, said: “Starts At Home Day is a vital day of action in our sector. It highlights the significance of what supported housing does in our society, as well as campaigning for much-needed support.

It gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the importance of what we do, from the perspective of the people who really make a difference – our frontline staff and residents.

Sara Keetley - Operations Director

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