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Older people hit high note in support of housing

Older people in Staffordshire are singing the praises of supported housing, as part of a month-long celebration.

Residents at South Staffordshire Housing Association’s supported housing scheme Naden House, at Huntington, Cannock, were visited by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society as part of Supported Housing Month.

More than 15 residents, who were joined by other older people living in the village, sang along with the society to some of duos best known songs, including hits from South Pacific, Oklahoma and Carousel , as well as a rendition of ‘You’ll never walk alone’.

The event was part of Supported Housing Month, which is being held in the midlands during October by the National Housing Federation (NHF).

As one of the main providers of supported housing in South Staffordshire, the housing association is supporting the NHF’s Supported Housing Month.

Midlands Supported Housing Month is an awareness campaign to showcase the work of the supported housing sector. Housing organisations across the west midlands are holding events, as well as engaging with councillors, key decision makers and partners to raise the profile of important services for vulnerable people. 

Jo Grainger, head of care and support, said: “Supported Housing Month is a great opportunity for Staffordshire to champion the housing and support services it offers to older and vulnerable people.

“It is a challenging time for the sector. We are working innovatively here in Staffordshire with our partners and customers to provide good quality supported housing in a climate of reduced funding."

“We are supporting the NHF’s Supported Housing Month as it is important that key decision makers appreciate the cost-saving benefits supported housing and related services have against more intensive care services, such as hospitalisation.”

For more information on the Midlands Supported Housing Month visit www.housing.org.uk and click on Our Regions and go to the west midlands.

Older people in Staffordshire are singing the praises of supported housing