Manchester based learning disability charity Golden Lane Housing (GLH) celebrated its 16th Birthday on Monday, at their new look office in Manchester.
A ribbon opening event took place on Monday at GLH and Mencap’s new offices. Over 100 people gathered at the new look offices for a special celebration included people with a learning disability who GLH provided houses for, trustees, and staff.
GLH is the housing arm of Mencap and was started an independent charity in 1998, to help tackle the immense challenges that people with a learning disability face in finding a home. In the last 16 years GLH have invested over £83m to transform the lives of over 1,400 people with a wide range of needs in more than 500 properties across England and Wales.
There was an array of activities on offer including a fundraising cake sale and tombola, which raised £316, taking the offices fundraising total over £4000. Guests were also treated to a performance from African drummer band Unbeatable Energy.
The event was an opportunity for GLH and Mencap to showcase some of their fantastic work. Following the showcasing of 4 new videos about GLH and Mencap’s work, Stephen Smith, a GLH tenant shared his story and experience of living independently thanks to GLH. He also interviewed Jan Tregelles, CEO of Mencap and Neil McCall, Chair of the Board of Trustees of GLH.
The host, Alastair Graham, director of GLH said:
“We’re really pleased to be celebrating 16 years of supporting people with a learning disability to live independently, and we’re glad that so many people could come and celebrate with us.”
“It gives me such a lot of satisfaction in what we have achieved in the last 16 years. We couldn’t have done any of it without our staff, families, investors and the local authorities – we are so grateful to all who have supported us over the years”.
MP Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East Mike Kane said:
“GLH have made such a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable and overlooked in society. Getting on to the property ladder can be incredibly difficult for people with a learning disability. The fact that Golden Lane Housing have provided so many people with specially adapted accommodation and the chance to live in their own home is a remarkable feat and one we should all applaud.”
Pictured above right to left: Alastair Graham, director of Golden Lane Housing, Glen Makin, Golden Lane Housing tenant and Sam Chapman.