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Hundreds of new homes created for people with a learning disability

Golden Lane Housing (GLH), a charity that works with people with a learning disability to provide supported housing, created 232 new homes between 2021 and 2022.

According to their recently published Social Impact Report, they spent £7.3 million on new homes for people with a learning disability last year, and are projected to spend a further £52 million over the next five years, with the aim of housing at least 750 people in new homes that are owned or leased by April 2025.

The report also reveals that 100% of GLH homes meet the Decent Homes Standard and 97% of tenants said they were satisfied with how repairs are handled.

GLH says the publication illustrates the impact that the organisation has on the lives of autistic people and those with a learning disability throughout the country and the vital work being done to address the need for independent living arrangements for people with a learning disability or autism.

Addressing the need for independent living arrangements for people with a learning disability or autism

Between 2021 and 2022, GLH also carried out:

  • 368 improvements to homes
  • 10,825 repairs
  • 4,775 housing management activities
  • 61 safeguarding alerts raised to local authorities (and action taken); and
  • 56 new aids and adaptions to homes

The report also contains case studies detailing the personal journeys of tenants who have moved into new developments over the past year.

GLH has recently become the first specialist supported housing provider to adopt the Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing, as reported in national media.  As such, next year it will be publishing on in its social impact through an Environmental Social and Governance perspective.

Research planned to influence future ministerial and government policy

John Verge, Chief Executive at GLH, said: “Earlier this year we launched a new three-year strategic plan that we call ‘Our Plan’ which was co-produced with tenants and our board. Our focus is not only on providing high quality and safe homes, but on making a real positive impact on the lives of people with a learning disability or autism. Our latest Social Impact Report is a window into some of the great work the GLH team has carried out to deliver on our Vision and Mission.

“I am really proud of what we have all achieved over the past year which ended with us becoming an independent charitable Community Benefit Society, following our demerger from the Royal Mencap Society, which remains our strongest partner in working to deliver independent living for our current and future tenants.

“The Social Impact Report also outlines our work with another of our partners, the Learning Disability and Autism Housing Network. In the coming year both organisations will be collaborating with the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN) to undertake research aimed at influencing future ministerial and government policy towards the housing needs of people with a learning disability or autism.”

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