The people who use our services say they want ‘good housing’. This week we’ve been talking to the people who use our services to find out what they like about where they live. Read what they have to say:
‘I’ve been living with my Shared Lives carer for 18 years! She’s really nice and it’s a lovely environment with a big garden. I get a bus three times a week and I have a voluntary job in a golf shop.’
‘I decided to move out of home because I wanted to be more independent. My new Shared Lives arrangement is great – it makes me feel good. I love my en-suite bathroom. I do my own washing and I like to cook – my favourite is chicken korma! I also go out shopping.’
‘This (Grace Eyre Housing) has opened more doors than we would ever have had living elsewhere. It’s allowed us to be independent and live how we want to live our lives.’
– Shane & Kirsty
‘We’ve been living in our own flat for over five years now. We were the first couple to move into a Grace Eyre Housing flat! We can come and go as we please and have support at home if we want it. It feels good to have our own flat. Grace Eyre Housing made sure it was right for us. We have our own space and a nice bathroom. We do what we want to do and we can invite our friends over for a cup of tea.’
Grace Eyre Housing offers choices about where and how people with learning disabilities would like to live, making sure that they can access high-quality accommodation that meets their needs. Our Shared Lives schemes match a person with learning disabilities to a carer willing to share their home and give ongoing support. And sometimes these services work in partnership too – always with person centred support at its core. ‘Good housing’ means different things to different people but as Becky said, at Grace Eyre we always try to make sure it’s right for that person.