The campaign tells the stories of people in communities across the country, who have gained independence, confidence, and stability through supported housing. This includes accommodation for older people, and supported housing for young people, people with disabilities and at risk of homelessness and those at risk of mental health and complex needs. Starts at Home aims to help persuade the Government to ensure every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.
Our Executive Director Housing Support, Kathy Gilmore has welcomed a campaign designed to raise awareness of the positive impact supported housing has on thousands of lives.
Kathy said: “LiveWest is proud to be supporting the most vulnerable people in society by providing housing with support to enable them to live safely and maintain their independence.
“We believe supported housing plays a vital role in society and, along with the NHF, we want to be vocal about its importance.”
We have 1,700 designated homes for older people plus 186 homes for older frailer people who need extra care.
We are also a major provider of supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities.
We have 1,100 homes for people with learning disabilities and 341 homes for young people.
Kathy added: “I am so proud of our staff at LiveWest who provide housing and support which enables people to achieve their aspirations, not just in housing but in life.
“In November we are organising a conference called Room for Young People in Birmingham which celebrates inspirational achievements. It is great to help people realise their goals.”
Head of Older People and Learning Disability Services, Darrell Jackson, said: “LiveWest recognise the real shortage of quality accommodation for older people and those with learning disabilities in all parts of our operating area.
“We will be meeting this challenge in two ways. Firstly building new developments where opportunities arise and need is demonstrated and secondly by investing in our homes for these client groups.
“The provision of quality accommodation for residents with a diverse range of needs will help maximise their independence by providing a well-designed supportive environment aimed at keeping residents living as independently as possible for as long as possible.
“I’m proud that I work for an organisation that is committed to significant investment in homes that will help meet the needs and expectations of older residents and those with learning disabilities and make a real impact on improving the quality of their lives.”