Today we’re celebrating ‘Starts at Home Day’; a national day established by the National Housing Federation to celebrate the benefits of supported housing.

At the Staffordshire Housing Group we provide a variety of supported housing.

Our homelessness charity Arch provides single and shared housing for local people struggling to find and maintain tenancies. Whereas our housing association; Staffordshire Housing Association, provides independent living for over 55’s.

Last week we met Muriel who lives at our supported housing accommodation; Bradeley Village.

Bradeley Village is a community of 200 apartments and bungalows, with communal facilities such as a coffee bar, library, shop, hairdressers, games room, gardens and bar.

Muriel has lived at Bradeley for the past 18 years. She previously lived in a flat near to Stoke on Trent City Centre, but started to feel unsafe in such a loud and lively area of the city.

“I started to feel unsafe in my home. All of my neighbours and friends decided to leave, and I was left feeling very alone. It got to the point where I was so afraid I could no longer sleep at night.

“Although I didn’t want to leave my flat as I had lived there for 47 years, and had many happy memories of my husband and children there, I decided to move.

“I remember going to bed that first night and having the best night’s sleep I’d had in years. I felt so safe.”

Muriel has made many friends since moving into Bradeley, who also believe supported housing has helped transform their lives.

Muriel’s friend Dot only moved in three months ago but is already feeling the benefits. She says:

“I am really enjoying living here. It is great to be surrounded by others, especially since I lost my husband.

“I can remain completely independent here. There are buses right outside the front door which go straight into town, and lots of activities to keep us busy in the day. I’ve even booked a holiday to Llandudno and a day trip to Southport.

“I couldn’t recommend supported housing more!”

If you would like to find out more about Bradeley Village or our other independent living facilities click here: https://www.staffshousing.org.uk/rentahome/over-50s/

If you would like to find out more about Arch’s Supported Housing scheme for single people in Stoke on Trent click here: https://www.archnorthstaffs.org.uk/housing-support/supported-housing/