Housing Day is about sharing the social housing story with those outside of the sector. This year the focus is on sharing the real stories of our residents to help dispel some of the myths that exist around social housing and its residents.
Below are some of the stories from our residents. We are inspired by our residents. We hope you are too.
You can follow other stories or share yours using #housingday on social media.
June Richard Kate Chloe Hannah BYPA breakfast club
When June first moved in she didn’t know anyone and felt really isolated. She has overcome this by spending her time helping out other residents. She helps with shopping, collecting prescriptions, cooking meals when they are poorly and helping with our lunch club.
She has also recently helped planning the redecoration of the guest room and shopping for the things we needed.
Her neighbours say she is wonderful. We think so too.
The guest room at this project hadn’t been decorated for 20 years. Rick has taken on the decorating to make it a nicer and much more modern environment for everyone’s visitors.
Kate came to us with multiple support needs. She was a sex worker, had lost her children and was really struggling with drug dependency. She was deeply troubled, unhappy and vulnerable.
We worked with her to keep her safe, provided support and helped her to engage with other agencies who could provide the specialist support she needed.
With support from another agency, Kate took the lifechanging decision to move out of our accommodation and into a specialist rehabilitation unit for sex workers. Kate has shown great courage taking positive action to change her life for the better and break the cycle.
Chloe was made redundant. She had no other income and had no choice but to claim working age benefits. Chloe applied for many many vacancies but found she was often unsuccessful because of lack of experience for that particular role.
Determined to get back in to work, Chloe spent her time getting qualifications and volunteering with several organisations to learn new skills as well as helping out others in her community.
It took nearly 5 years but in the end Chloe’s persistence paid off. After a successful probationary period she now has a permanent part time role which she really enjoys.
Hannah was married with 5 children, including a baby girl. 2 years ago her village was attacked. Hannah’s husband and her baby girl were murdered, she was taken away from her home and brought to the UK against her will.
We met Hannah 11 months ago when she came to live with us. She was understandably distraught from the trauma of her experiences and not knowing whether her other 4 children were alive.
Despite all this Hannah found the strength to begin rebuilding her life. Her English is constantly improving and she is now learning to read and write for the first time.
She has remained amazingly strong throughout her journey so far and just yesterday was rewarded not only with the news that her children are alive, but she was also able to speak to them on the phone.
Everyone who has worked with Hannah has been astounded and inspired by her determination to rebuild her life and find her children. We are all delighted by yesterdays news.
Residents in Bristol had 2 guest at their breakfast club earlier today. PCSO Steve Fry talked about issues surrounding bullying, malicious communications and internet safety.
Tammy who works for Places for People as provides floating support as part of the BYPA contract, introduced herself to residents and explained a bit about the work she will do when they have moved into the community. It was a great opportunity for residents to familiarise themselves with the services available after they move on.
It was a really positive meeting with lots of residents getting involved and asking questions.
*We have changed the names of the residents whose stories we have included on this page.
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