Publish date: 18th April 2016
To celebrate and support the campaign we thought we'd share a few brief case studies of some of those we've already been privileged to help move out of ATUs and into homes of their own using the unique Government approved HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities) model that we're here to support. Here's the first, Colin's story...
Name: Colin, aged 25, who's severely Autistic and unable to speak.
Dilemma: Colin was living in a residential care home that suddenly changed to accommodate people with challenging behaviour, in turn having a dramatic and devastating impact on his physical and mental health.
Solution: A 2 ½ bed semi-detached property purchased through HOLD which took just 4 months from filling in initial eligibility forms to completion and move in.
Outcome: Colin now enjoys life within his local community, he's lost a stone in weight thanks to bike rides with his carer, he goes horse riding, attends a trampoline club and, in January 2016, he invited his parents round for Sunday lunch! All this and a substantial reduction in cost of care from £250,000 per year to £90,000 per year!
Quote: "Without doubt this has been the best thing that has ever happened to Colin, He is more independent, responsible, happy, willing to learn and he feels he has a purpose with his life" Colin's mum.
Colin's just one of over 1,200 people we've been able to help, sadly without new mortgage lending however we won't be able to help many more. We're very grateful for the current support of Reliance Bank, Newbury Building Society and Buckinghamshire Building Society but if you think your Bank or Building Society should also be providing HOLD mortgages why not get in touch with them right now to let them know?
We were delighted to see that MySafeHome has been mentioned in one of the Government's National Disability Strategy papers.
Monday May 31st is the tenth anniversary of the BBC Panorama programme that exposed the horrific abuse taking place at Winterbourne View.
Learning Disability England and Housing LIN are writing two guides for NHS England to help people with disabilities to find the right home and they are seeking success stories.