Case studies

Our retirement living digital inclusion sessions have prevented Bill from feeling isolated from his family.

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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.

After unsuccessfully applying for computer lessons at her local collage, Pauline found our digital sessions incredibly useful

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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.

£140,000 new four-bed house is a fantastic buy for Andover ‘shared ownership’ couple

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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.

Partnership working helps reduce family debt

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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.

Digital Inclusion sessions are transforming residents lives

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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.

Shared ownership helps Nikki become a proud homeowner

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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.

Our staff acted quickly to house a victim of modern slavery

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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.

Rick*, one of our employees, volunteers at a homeless shelter in Bristol.

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26 Sep 2018

Here, he describes some of the work he does to help homeless people in the area:

After a breakup, sofa surfing and sleeping in a car, we found Fred accommodation in one of our schemes.

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25 Sep 2018

Last Christmas we received a call from a local councils’ homeless team about Fred*.

Affordable home ownership couldn’t get much better for the Woollards

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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.

Trip to Woburn Safari Park for our Women's Refuge residents

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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.

Bill reflects on his time at Hazelmead House

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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.

Anna found a safe haven at our Abingdon Foyer

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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.

My story: Living in the Dorchester Young Peoples Service by Ronan

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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."

Alexis* was referred to South Hampshire Women’s Refuge (SHWR) in June 2018 after fleeing an abusive marriage.

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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.

Exeter Foyer – Photography workshop

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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.

Development South of Stoney Lodge, School Lane, North Mundham

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22 Jun 2018

Public Art

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.

An innovative heating system at Burton Gardens

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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.

Life-changing apprenticeship for Stephen

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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.

Admin apprentice Harry earns while he learns

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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.

Experian helps to build a positive credit rating

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15 Nov 2017

As part of our commitment to improving the financial capability of our customers we teamed up with Experian, Big Issue Invest and the Rental Exchange initiative - a way to build credit histories without taking on any additional credit products.

THE GRID - bringing digital transformation to life through game-play

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13 Nov 2017

Like all top-performing organisations, Stonewater recognises that digital transformation is vital to the long-term success and sustainability of the organisation.

Amrita sought safety in one of our refuges for women fleeing domestic abuse

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01 Sep 2017

Our womens refuges provide safe and secure accommodation for women escaping abuse. Here's the story of one of our residents...

Kyle came to our Quay Foyer seeking independence and support

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01 Sep 2017

After his family relationship broke down and many months of sofa surfing, Kyle came to Stonewater’s Quay Foyer in 2008 seeking independence and support to develop. Although Kyle was with us for two years, he wasn’t quite ready to progress on his journey, and ultimately left on a Notice to Quit.

Retirement Living residents get involved with digital inclusion programme in Dudley

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21 Jul 2017

Residents at Chaddesley Court, Dudley are taking time out to attend digital inclusion workshops.

Fred and Lacey found a home through shared ownership

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17 Jul 2017

Fred and Lacey have finally got onto the property ladder with one of our new build homes in Nottingham.

Apprenticeship gives Kerrie a step onto housing career ladder

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18 Mar 2016

When 15-year-old Kerrie Hurse from Bristol took her GCSEs in 2003 she had no idea that her life would eventually take her into a career in housing.

Alex Stone, former Foyer resident

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24 Jul 2015

Alex was a resident at our Foyer for young people in Exeter.

Ivor Aggett, Retirement Living resident

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24 Jul 2015

Ivor is a resident at one of our Retirement Living homes in Southampton.

Amber Hucker, resident

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22 Jul 2015

Amber is a resident in one of our general needs homes situated in Western-Super-Mare.

Abingdon Foyer helped make my life better, says Natasha

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02 Feb 2015

When 19-year-old Natasha Greenway moved into Abingdon Foyer as a troubled teenager she was struggling to find a direction in life. She could not have believed that two and a half years on she would be planning to move into her own flat.

Specially adapted home is life-changing for Yeovil family

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30 Jan 2015

The Jones family thought they stood little chance of being considered for a wheelchair accessible single-storey home in Yeovil to help them care for their disabled son, Adam, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. But that all changed when the family of five were put forward by South Somerset District Council (SSDC) for a brand new, specially adapted Stonewater bungalow in Larkhill Road.

Shared ownership helps Weymouth family onto the property ladder

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30 Jan 2015

Electrician Dan Heys and his family knew they had found the perfect home-buying option when they discovered Stonewater’s new Pemberly shared ownership homes in Louviers Road, Weymouth.