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MP pays visit to see value of supported housing

17 December 2018

A local MP has visited a Banbury service for young parents to learn more about the work they do as part of the Starts at Home campaign.

Victoria Prentis visits Rachel House, a Sanctuary Supported Living service in Banbury.

Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, went along to Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Rachel House to find out about the value of supported housing and the benefits offered to residents.

The MP visited some of the self-contained flats at the service – which all provide homes for young parents aged 16 to 25 and their children – to see the facilities and meet the people who live there.

Residents and SSL staff also had the opportunity to speak to Mrs Prentis about the support on offer at Rachel House, which includes advice on maintaining a tenancy, parenting skills and accessing education, training and employment.

The MP met with several residents, who shared their experiences of living in Rachel House and their longer-term ambitions to move to independent accommodation.

Victoria Prentis MP said: “I really enjoyed my visit to Rachel House, meeting the families living there and learning more about what SSL staff do.

“The work of Rachel House shows the benefits of a personalised approach to support, putting residents first, allowing them to build confidence and support their children and family.”

SSL’s head of service David Shaw added: “It was a pleasure to welcome the MP to Rachel House where we were able to showcase the invaluable work we do with the young families.

“Starts at Home has given us a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance of providing care and support through social housing.”

Starts at Home is a campaign led by the National Housing Federation to highlight the value of supported housing.

View our video of Victoria Prentis MP's visit below:

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