02 Aug 2021
Gavin Owens left the army in 2010 after six and a half years of service. Many veterans leave the military with mental and physical injuries. For Gavin, a serious head injury meant that he was unable to find suitable employment and he ended up unable to support himself financially.
26 Jul 2021
From cold winter months sleeping in his van to now having his own cosy home and a new cyber security career in sight, it’s full steam ahead for one ex-serviceman.
15 Jul 2021
The end of 2020 was strikingly downbeat for many but for one 85-year-old, retired, ex-serviceman there were a number of reasons to smile.
12 Apr 2021
In Market Harborough, a market town nestled within the Harborough district of Leicestershire, lies a stunning development of new-build affordable homes.
25 Jan 2021
Yasmin (not her real name) is a 30-year-old Bangladeshi woman with young children. She experienced significant domestic abuse from her husband, which had also escalated towards her two girls.
25 Jan 2021
Sandra (not her real name) was an older woman referred to Stonewater’s Freedom Programme by a local Council and had experienced abuse throughout her 40-year marriage.
08 Jan 2021
Mother-of-three Nicola Henderson is over the moon to finally realise her family’s dream of home ownership thanks to a leading housing provider’s innovative employee benefit scheme. Nicola, Lettings Team Leader at Stonewater for the last four years, describes how myOwnHome has been the step-up onto the property ladder they needed.
16 Oct 2020
~ A colleague from leading housing provider Stonewater explains how the organisation has helped her find a home ~
Last summer, Nick Harris, Chief Executive at Stonewater, made an announcement that changed the lives of many colleagues working for the housing provider, forever. To truly champion its mission of giving everyone the opportunity of having a place that they can call home, Stonewater announced that it would be launching its own specialist shared ownership scheme – exclusively for colleagues – called myOwnHome.
16 Oct 2020
~ How one Stonewater colleague was able to buy a home in an area she felt connected to ~
There have been many lessons learned over recent months during the coronavirus pandemic, the importance of being part of a thriving and supportive community being one that most of us have recognised.
16 Oct 2020
A year on from joining the Stonewater Homes team as a Property Manager, Rachel Lifton was in a position to make use of an employee benefit scheme that would enable her to overcome the barriers preventing her from becoming an independent homeowner – even during a pandemic. Here, she shares her house buying experience and why the myOwnHome scheme was pivotal in making it possible.
09 Oct 2020
When I was invited to my first scrutiny panel meeting nearly two years ago, I had no idea what to expect. I would never have imagined Stonewater naming me as their ‘tenant innovator’ and putting me forward for an award, or even becoming vice chair of the panel. It has been a surreal journey so far, but one I am immensely proud of.
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
RS is trans and experienced domestic abuse from her brother and father.
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: