Sanctuary helping to make homes in Torbay

Sanctuary Housing residents across Torbay are set to benefit from a newly-launched project to help them make the most of their new homes.


The leading social housing provider has teamed up with regional charity Homemaker Southwest, whose staff will work with new Sanctuary residents on maintaining their tenancies and setting up their homes.


Assistance available includes sourcing furniture, managing utility bills and creating a rent account. Those in need of extra support around debt and benefits issues can be signposted to other Homemaker Southwest services which offer specialist help.


The project aims to prevent homelessness and help residents move towards leading independent lives, while being able to sustain homes of their own.


Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, said: “We work closely with the housing officers, and together we recognised there was a need to offer further support to some local people who are offered new tenancies with us.


“Together with Homemaker Southwest, we hope that this project will help our residents to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.”


Vanessa Handley, Homemaker Southwest’s director of development, added: “We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary Housing on this new project and look forward to achieving positive outcomes for residents.”


People offered a home with Sanctuary can be referred to the project though housing or income staff.


This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.