Everyone Can Manage More for Themselves

All groups at Assist aim to encourage members to try to do a bit more for themselves in all aspects of their everyday lives. This goes for all daily living skills and learning how to live more independently too – whether groups at Assist pick up these aims incidentally or whether it is their main focus.

In order to answer some of the growing need that Assist members have in finding new independent living circumstances, a small number of housing opportunities have been developed by the Trust over the years. The number of tenants living in Assist Trust managed accommodation now stands at 8, in a total of 6 properties around Norwich. These properties are owned by others (Norwich City Council and Quakers), but are leased by Assist and sublet to the members.

As landlords, managing properties on behalf of their owners, Assist supports its tenants in a variety of ways. As well as helping to maintain homes to a good standard, Assist will provide support in areas ranging from budgeting to dealing with neighbourly disputes and emotional support when things go awry.

If people require direct support in their homes (and if their personal budgets allow), they can choose from providers that specialise in this type of support, to help with things like cooking, shopping and cleaning.

Assist will always try to help anyone who has independent living needs in any way we can. Assist has some expertise within the team and, if we can’t help directly, we usually know of places and people to go to for more information and advice. In the future, Assist would like to develop its successful housing model further and be able to support many more people into accommodation in manageable and achievable ways.