Waveney MP Peter Aldous, visited two supported housing schemes in Lowestoft to see first-hand the support and facilities available to people living in supported housing as part of his campaign to secure future funding.
His visit comes after he recently spoke in Parliament championing the positive impact supported housing has on people’s lives and has called for a sustainable funding model. As part of his campaign, the MP visited two supported housing schemes in Lowestoft managed by 39,000-home housing association, Orbit.
Lawrence Drive provides independent living for the visually impaired and is the only scheme of its kind in East Anglia. Set up in partnership with Commissioners from Suffolk County Council , it offers specialised support provided by national charity, Sense.
Elsewhere, Sutherland Drive provides support for adults living with autism. Also opened in February last year, Orbit operates the scheme in partnership with social enterprise, Leading Lives.
At Sutherland Drive, Mr Aldous explored the scheme’s summer house, a building specifically designed to provide a quiet space for customers.
Mr Aldous said: “Orbit operates a number of schemes in Waveney, and today I visited two of them to find out more about the great work they are doing there. I was pleased to see the level of support they offer their customers across the range of supported housing schemes they operate.
“It is comforting to know that organisations such as Orbit are supporting the needs of Waveney people.”
Angela Rankin, Orbit’s head of independent living in the east and south, said: “It was a pleasure to show Mr Aldous around the schemes and I welcome his support in highlighting their importance in providing quality to homes to help people live independently. Orbit provides homes and services to some 100,000 customers, a number of which are vulnerable and depend on our support.”
As well as developing new homes across a range of tenures, Orbit provides homes and services to support people facing challenges and needing support including sheltered accommodation, refuges for women fleeing domestic violence, shelters and supported homes for those at risk of homelessness, and supported housing for vulnerable young people and adults with disabilities.