One Town & Country Housing resident who has benefited greatly from the Foundation’s support is Elaine.
Elaine is disabled and suffers from a number of health issues which make it difficult for her to walk far or socialise.
When we first met Elaine she was struggling to look after her home. Laura, Town and Country’s neighbourhood housing manager had been visiting and helping her.
Chatting about her life, dreams and wishes for the future. As her current home was too large and expensive to run, they talked about downsizing and also recommended she spoke to Town & Country Foundation to see how they could help.
She told the Foundation that she wanted to lose weight, meet people and improve her health to better manage her health conditions.
As Elaine was a hoarder the Foundation helped her get specialist support from the ‘Good Neighbour Project’ who helped to clear her property and pack her belongings.
She attended a ‘Healthy Cooking on a Budget course’ which she said was “brilliant and inspired me to make other healthy changes in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m pleased I had the opportunity to go along.”
When a property became available, she was also supported to move into a home which was more suited to her needs and gave her access to support services and social activities.
Thanks to Town & Country Foundation, Elaine now eats healthier food because of what she learnt during the cookery course, she feels happier due to the counselling she received and she is no longer lonely because she is living in a property which is more suited to her health needs and she can socialise closer to home. Elaine hopes that sharing her story will encourage others to ask for that little bit of help from us.