06 Jul 2020
By Charlotte Brace, Special Projects Manager at Stonewater
For those of us working to keep #RuralCommunitiesTogether, Rural Housing Week is a great opportunity to explore the common challenges and rewards of developing this type of scheme and how further progress can be made to deliver more, much-needed affordable rural homes.
11 May 2020
Grace lives in one of Stonewater’s homes allocated for customers that are 50+. Recently and at the age of 79, Grace completed a six-week training course provided by Stonewater to improve her digital skills. Before retiring, Grace worked in an office and so was able to type but hadn’t really kept up to date with modern technology.
28 Apr 2020
Risa shares her story of fleeing domestic abuse and finding refuge in an LGBTQ+ Safe Space.
16 Mar 2020
Manon Thomas talks to Inside Housing about what it's like to be a Specialist Coach at our LGBT+ Safe Space
13 Nov 2019
Stonewater is leading an innovative community partnership to help armed forces veterans gain valuable construction skills, whilst building their own brand-new homes.
10 Sep 2019
How shared ownership is making it possible for families to buy their own home
Pemberly is one of several Stonewater affordable housing communities in Weymouth, Dorset, which is enabling local people with strong links to the area to stay close to their family, friends and work.
30 Aug 2019
After being made homeless by her husband and separated from her children, Mrs A turned to Stonewater’s South Asian Women’s Refuge (SAWR) for support. Here, Mrs A shares her journey so far and explains how her life has been transformed in just a few months.
29 Aug 2019
Shane Isaac arrived at the Swindon Foyer in August 2016. The Foyer provides safe accommodation for people facing homelessness between the ages of 16 and 25, as well as ongoing support to help its resident reach their aspirations. Here, Shane reflects on his experience of supported housing and how the Foyer has helped him change his life for the better.
29 Aug 2019
After years of living as a victim of domestic abuse and battling depression, Mrs T couldn’t cope any longer. Following advice from her doctor, at aged 69 she decided to leave her home and seek asylum at Stonewater’s South Asian Women’s Refuge (SAWR). Here, Mrs T shares her story and reflects on the misconceptions she had about supported housing.
28 Aug 2019
Stonewater opened its Bedfordshire South Asian Women’s refuge (SAWR) in 2008. Since its opening, Shamela Khatun has worked at the refuge – that provides housing to women and children fleeing domestic abuse, honour based violence, forced marriage and modern slavery – as a coach. Here, she reflects on her role at the refuge and the importance of supported housing.
27 Aug 2019
The Quay Foyer in Poole, Dorset, provides young families facing homelessness with temporary accommodation and support, to get them back on their feet. Natalia Kerr, a Senior Coach at the foyer, has worked in supported housing for a number of years and here, she explains what she enjoys most about her job.
05 Aug 2019
The £200 million Voluntary Right to Buy (VRTB) pilot gave eligible tenants like Mr and Mrs Raj, the opportunity to purchase their home at Right to Buy level discounts.
05 Aug 2019
Megan Watton and her husband, Benjamin, moved into their three-bedroom house in Hereford just two weeks before welcoming their first son to the world.
05 Aug 2019
Donna Foster wanted nothing more than to buy her own home. Like many others, she had felt the overwhelming pressures to save a deposit and found herself getting nowhere closer to her goal.
08 Jul 2019
The cost of buying a house in rural areas like Warwickshire is on average 20 percent more expensive than a property in an urban district. For aspiring homeowners like Amanda Snelson, this makes taking that first step onto the property ladder even tougher.
26 Jun 2019
When Helen Price tuned in to watch the news last year, her ears perked up as she heard about the Voluntary Right to Buy (VRTB) pilot taking place in the Midlands.
20 Jun 2019
Dominic and Katie Harding have always wanted to own their own home but with house prices in the South West continuing to rise at a faster rate than incomes, getting on the property ladder can seem impossible for families like the Hardings.
28 May 2019
Anita had long term aspirations of owning her own home.
22 May 2019
Kelly and Colin Hughes had always dreamed of owning their own home.
08 Mar 2019
Mrs K was housed at SAWR after episodes of domestic abuse by her husband had escalated to also target the family’s two young children.
08 Mar 2019
Mrs S came to Stonewater’s South Asian Women’s Refuge (SAWR) fleeing extreme levels of violence and abuse from her husband and in-laws. Forced into a marriage to an older man, she arrived in the UK to find that her husband had three children who she was expected to care for.
04 Mar 2019
Earlier this month we were contacted by an elderly couple, Mr and Mrs Davis* who lived the Isle of Scilly but were looking to move to mainland England.
01 Mar 2019
After his son moved into a newly refurbished Williams Court in Bournemouth late last year, Robin Durnford spotted a photo on the wall. To his surprise, he saw himself in the picture aged 20, which was taken in 1955 whilst he was on leave from the Royal Navy.
27 Feb 2019
At the end of 2017, Chris Jones, 61, moved into one of our retirement living schemes in Leominster. Chris had previously been suffering from ill health and had spent a long time in hospital, but now he lives fully independently after being discharged and housed at the scheme with other residents.
21 Feb 2019
Earlier this month, we rehomed Ms. Jones* and her three children within three days after they were left homeless.
04 Feb 2019
Stonewater started work on this greenfield site in December 2016 with Winsley White Ltd (a contractor from Chilcompton) with support from both Mendip District Council and Evercreech Parish Council to deliver 30 affordable homes. These properties were made available to people with a local connection to Evercreech in the first instance with 20 homes available on an affordable rented basis and the remaining 10 homes available on a shared ownership basis.
30 Jan 2019
In August 2018 we completed our development of 19 homes on the corners of Globe Lane and Lagland Street in Poole Town Centre, Dorset.
20 Dec 2018
As part of the ‘16 days of action to end gender violence’, an international campaign that challenges violence against all genders, staff at Stonewater’s Asian Women’s Refuge (SAWR) hosted an event to raise awareness and thank all of its stakeholders and the community for their ongoing support.
14 Dec 2018
Young people in Swindon have improved their local environment, as well as their gardening skills, by planting trees and fruits at their residential scheme.
07 Dec 2018
Staff and contractors across the whole of Stonewater have pulled together to collect donations for residents and their families in the West this Christmas.
10 Oct 2018
Tragically Bill, 66, suffered a brain injury when he was just five years old. He has spasticity of the left hand side and has little use of his left side. Bill also has arthritis, high blood pressure and type-two diabetes.
10 Oct 2018
Pauline, 71, suffers with bipolar disorder and is quite isolated. Although she has visits from her mental health key worker and is in touch with a few of her neighbours she is estranged from her family.
03 Oct 2018
Thanks to shared ownership, first-time buyers Rebecca and Alex Reid – and their cat Garfield – have bought their four-bedroom ‘forever home’ for just £140,000 from affordable housing provider Stonewater at the Augusta Park development in Andover.
03 Oct 2018
One of our Tenancy Services Officers (TSOs) shares her story about a family that turned their life around after struggling with debt.
02 Oct 2018
Earlier in the year, our retirement living scheme at New Surrey Court held a series of two hour digital inclusion sessions to help residents learn how to use computers. One of our residents spoke to us as part of #HousingDay 2018 to tell us how the sessions transformed her life.
01 Oct 2018
27-year-old Nikki Swift has good reason to celebrate. She’s just become the proud owner of a smart two-bedroom Stonewater home in Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby.
01 Oct 2018
When one of our Tenancy Services Officers (TSO) Hayley*, arrived to visit a block of flats, she was met by a police officer. The officer told her that they had forcibly entered into a flat to carry out a welfare check on a resident as he was a victim of modern slavery.
26 Sep 2018
Here, he describes some of the work he does to help homeless people in the area:
25 Sep 2018
Last Christmas we received a call from a local councils’ homeless team about Fred*.
17 Sep 2018
Nicholas and Miranda Woollard knew they had found the perfect affordable house to buy when they spotted their beautiful new two-bedroom Stonewater home for just under £85,000 in Seagrave Park, Sileby, near Loughborough.
31 Aug 2018
Residents and children from our Asian Women’s Refuge (SAWR) joined residents and children who have moved on to our second stage refuge for a day trip to Woburn Safari Park recently.
30 Aug 2018
Bill* is a 21 year old male with a diagnosis of emotionally unstable borderline personality disorder. Prior to moving to Hazelmead House (one of our supported housing schemes for residents with mental health needs), he had a history of Class B drug use and was living at home with his mum and an abusive stepfather. All these elements caused a strain on their relationship resulting in Bill moving out of the family home.
30 Aug 2018
Anna came to our Abingdon Foyer following three months in a mum and baby foster placement after having to leave home with her baby Jessica*. On arrival Anna found out they were the first parent and baby to be housed at the Foyer.
29 Aug 2018
"Everything was going well after moving out of home to live with my boyfriend, but after a while the relationship hit a few bumps and I ended up moving out."
29 Aug 2018
One of our residents at the South Hampshire Women’s Refuge (SHWR) has shared her story, below, as part of the NHF’s Starts at Home Day 2018, about seeking help when she needed it most.
25 Jun 2018
Can you turn a shed into a camera?
You can and we did. With some expert guidance from Brendan Barry, Photography tutor, we were able to host a workshop showing residents the working of a camera and how photos are produced.
22 Jun 2018
It is a Stonewater policy to provide a form of public art on each new development – the idea being that by enhancing the local environment, it will encourage people to take pride in their development and their local surroundings.
15 Jun 2018
This video shows an innovative new heating system that we have installed at Burton Gardens, Weobley - a fantastic example of an investment we have made which is environmentally friendly, more economical for our residents, and future proofs our homes for future applicants.
08 Mar 2018
Seven years ago, Stephen Baker was unemployed and living in a young people’s shelter in Swindon. He could never have imagined then how an apprenticeship with sheltered and supported housing provider Stonewater would change his life and lead to a rewarding career helping others.
06 Mar 2018
Seventeen-year-old Harry Haines, who lives in Blaby village just outside Leicester, has found his Level 2 Business and Administration apprenticeship a great alternative to A-Levels.