Today marks 20 years of Golden Lane Housing!
Only 16% of people with a learning disability live in their own home. A person’s home is fundamental to everyone, which is why Golden Lane Housing (GLH) was set up by Mencap in 1998 to tackle the challenges people with a learning disability face when finding a place to call home.
20 years of achievements
Golden Lane Housing has helped over 3,548 people with a learning disability find supported housing across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. And we’ve done so much more too:
- We offer help and advice to hundreds of people each year; in 2017/18 we gave guidance to approximately 600 people.
- We work in over 150 local and health authorities with 100 different support providers, including Mencap.
- Since 2013, we’ve raised £31 million through Bond issues – this provides homes to over 300 people in specially adapted properties.
- We ensure tenants’ wellbeing is looked after, making sure they are happy in their homes and the properties are to a good standard.
GLH’s first tenant, June Saunders (pictured above) says, “It’s been the best 20 years of my life, it’s just heaven!” says June.”I remember coming to view my flat and the day I moved in. I’ve always felt safe here and know that Golden Lane Housing are always at the other end of the phone if I need them. Having your independence is important, and that’s what I’ve got, I’m very happy.”
Alastair Graham, director at Golden Lane Housing explains, “We’ve achieved so much over the last 20 years to help people with a learning disability to find the right housing. Being at the forefront of raising capital has enabled us to purchase the much needed housing and specially adapt the properties for people in their communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Through our partnership work we’ve been able to widen the reach and will continue to develop these.
We know that having the right home and environment has increased people’s independence and benefited their health and wellbeing. GLH is different. We’ve got a fantastic dedicated team who continue to make sure our tenants are happy in their home and provide the housing support they need to maintain their tenancy.
We’ve gone from strength to strength. Most recently, our award wining in-house repairs team has expanded to provide a general repairs service to tenants in the South West and we’re currently undertaking plans for the South East.
We know there’s still so much more work to do. New research has revealed that the Specialised Supported Housing sector is more than double the size of previous estimates, and that demand is still rising. That’s why we’re asking organisations across the sector to take forward the recommendations in the report.”
Download the report
You can download a copy of the report Funding supported housing for all: Specialised Supported Housing for people with a learning disability.