Angela Kirkup, housing officer at Golden Lane Housing explains why working with people with a learning disability is more than just a job.
“When you have a passion for something it doesn’t seem like work, the last thirteen and a half years at Golden Lane Housing have flown by!
Getting to know the person, parents and other people in their life means everyone’s involved. People have peace of mind knowing I’m only a phone call away.
It always gives me a buzz giving someone the keys to their own home, it’s a wonderful feeling and a privilege. I see how our work empowers people with a learning disability to blossom in their lives.
I’ve been visiting people to carry out Tenancy Reviews. A lady who’s been living in her home less than 12 months told me, she loved the flat and found it easy to manage as she suffers with her mobility. Where she lived before she could not get to her bedroom but now she can access all the rooms and it’s the right size to keep clean.
It’s great to see people develop and the progress. I’ve known one of our tenants for many years. He loves to get involved and has attended our tenant meetings and helped us recruit new staff. It was lovely to see him find the love of his life, and I was delighted to receive the phone call telling me they were getting married – and then his wife moved into the same property. I’ve also helped tenants to look for work by supporting them with getting the appropriate support at the job centre, to cleaning a property so that someone can move in.
Sometimes people need work doing to their property, it could be fitting a new kitchen, a wet room or a grab rail. I’ll talk to them about what’s going to happen and when which stops people from getting anxious, and helps the job to run smoothly.
No two days are the same, and I love it!”
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