A short Progress Housing Group film about the positive impact supported living accommodation has on the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of the public premiered this week at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Housing 2019 national conference in Manchester – Europe’s largest housing event.

The film features in Close to Home, a 20-minute programme produced by the CIH and ITN Productions and introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky. The programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles.

The film includes interviews with some of Progress Housing Group’s most vulnerable customers who have benefited from its supported living accommodation and community involvement opportunities. 

Linda, a customer living in a supported living property in Preston features in the film. Initially, Linda lived at home with her family before moving into various supported living schemes where she was placed with older people but she struggled to feel at home. Since moving into her Progress Housing Group property, Linda is now enjoying a full and independent life.

“My flat is super and suited to my needs”, says Linda. “Supported living works for me as I have staff who help me with my personal needs. They are there to listen to me and help me in my social activities. I am more empowered as I feel valued and I am a real person. I am independent opinionated and happy with my life and I now get involved in meetings where I give my views about the services provided.”

The film also highlights the housing group’s excellent partnership working with Lancashire County Council in providing good quality supported living accommodation across Lancashire.

Jacqui De-Rose, Progress Housing Group’s Group Chief Executive said: “We are very proud that our work supports many vulnerable customers to live an independent and fulfilling life, and we believe passionately that every individual has the right to a decent home. Over the next few years we have an ambitious development programme which will see the Group deliver more new affordable and supported living homes right across the UK.”

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You can view the film here: https://twentyfive.progressgroup.org.uk/case-studies/linda-and-hannahs-story/