LiveWest joins campaign day to protect and celebrate supported housing in the South West

30 August 2018

We are using national ‘Starts at Home’ day to celebrate these vital services having helped secure a major campaign with other housing association partners and Government to ensure er have secure and stable funding in the long term to support local residents. 


‘Starts at Home’ day is run by the National Housing Federation and celebrates the help hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people receive to gain their independence and confidence through supported housing.


We have helped over 550 young people move on from supported housing to live independently in the past year as well as supporting over 1750 victims of domestic violence and have recently has been commissioned to deliver a domestic abuse support service in North Somerset which was previously under threat of closure. The Gemini service provides safety, support and essential pattern changing training to women, men and children who have been affected by domestic violence.


Our Executive Director of Housing Support and Integration Kathy Gilmore said: “We provide supported housing for a wide range of people. We are particularly proud of our young people’s services, which focuses on accessing education, training and employment opportunities to enable young people to fulfill their potential and move to financial and social independence. We have over 300 homes for young people throughout the South West.”


Our Executive Director for Housing Support and Community Investment Mark Coates said: “We have continued to invest in housing support services, for example we recently launched the Tennyson Court extra care scheme in Taunton which has been designed to promote independent living with the flexibility to add care packages if and when needed.  The complex consists of 66 apartments available for rent and shared ownership, a large communal lounge and dining area, an assisted bathroom, a laundry, hair salon facility, a roof terrace and large landscaped communal garden.”


Last year we also developed nine new affordable homes for people with learning difficulties.  The new homes in Filton are part of our ambitious investment strategy for our learning difficulties supported housing that will see us invest £28m over the next five years, benefitting more than 500 people.


LiveWest’s support for this national campaign day comes as the Government announced two weeks ago that they would continue to fund short-term supported housing through the benefits system, ending the uncertainty surrounding the housing costs for supported housing after years of Government proposals and consultations.


However, they argue that it is now more important than ever to continue demonstrating the quality and value of supported housing services through ‘Starts at Home’ day. The Government also announced two weeks ago that they will carry out a review of funding for the support services provided in supported housing, which is already under huge pressure across the sector.


We are now joining the National Housing Foundation and its members, in continuing to celebrate and protect these housing schemes to ensure that every person in the South West who needs extra support has a home to turn to.

David Orr, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation, said: “Supported housing provides a safe and secure home that helps people to live independently and to achieve their aspirations. Our Starts at Home campaign has never been more critical in showcasing the sector’s fantastic work but also in showing Government why services providing support to vulnerable people should be given secure and sustainable funding for years to come.”