Amanda Hegan moved into a new home in Omagh with the help of Golden Lane Housing and Mencap Northern Ireland.
Amanda, who has a learning disability, has taken the keys of her new flat after living in shared supported accommodation for several years.
“I love living on my own and I am happy in my new flat. I have more independence and I would like to live here for a long time. My goals are to get a placement working with animals and I would like to get a dog,” said Amanda.
Alastair Graham, director at Golden Lane Housing explained, “We’re delighted Amanda has managed to find a very suitable new home and Golden Lane Housing are thrilled we can help make her dream of independent living come true.
This is the first time Golden Lane Housing has provided housing in Northern Ireland but it won’t be the last as we plan to invest strategically here over the next few years to provide even more homes for those with a learning disability.”
Barry McMenamin, regional operations manager for Mencap explained, “We’re delighted Amanda has made this move – she felt herself it was time to move into more independent living and we were delighted to help.
Once Amanda made her decision, Mencap engaged in discussion with her social worker to see how this could be made possible. She’s a local woman and was keen to stay in the area – we indentified a suitable place to move to and she now has the opportunity to progress into more independent living with ongoing support from Mencap staff.
We’ve worked with a responsible landlord, who has upgraded Amanda’s new home in advance of her moving in and this included the installation of a brand new energy efficient heating system to keep her warm during the winter.”
Western Health and Social Care Trust said, “The Trust is very happy to see this type of development in our area. It is a positive move that people with learning disabilities are now being offered much more flexible options in housing than were previously available.”