Nationwide Foundation helps adults with learning disabilities move into new home

Funding from the Nationwide Foundation has enable four friends with learning disabilities to move into a new, specifically adapted property allowing them to live independently in a decent, affordable home.

The Nationwide Foundation has made a significant social investment into a bond offered by the Golden Lane Housing (GLH), the housing arm of Mencap. The funds raised by GLH are being used to buy and adapt up to 30 houses across the country, where people with moderate to severe learning disabilities can live independent lives. So far, two properties have been acquired and the first people to benefit from investment in the bond moved into a specially adapted house in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, over the May bank holiday.

A shortage of decent, affordable homes means just one in three people with a learning disability live independently. Instead many live in residential homes, away from their friends and families, or stay living with often ageing parents well into adulthood.

James, Claire, Sarah and Elizabeth have been friends since they went to school together. They all have severe to profound learning disabilities and Claire has some physical disabilities. Their parents approached GLH to help them find them their perfect home.

Ged Wilkinson, James's father said: "We always wanted our children to be able to live together, and as independently as possible. For our children to live in a home not a 'home' if you know what I mean. That is why we are so thrilled that GLH have been able to use money from the bond to get the perfect house for our children."

Lisa Suchet, chief executive of the Nationwide Foundation said: "Our aim is to create decent, affordable homes for people in need. We hope that our investment will encourage other funders and investors to put money into this bond and therefore increase the availability of this type of much needed housing."

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