Two of our members are looking forward to a new start after East Kent Mencap purchased a house for them!
Our member Stephen originally asked EKM for advice for him and his flatmate, Nick, as they were having some problems with their current home. Housing Manager, KimDorman, commented that, ‘finding good rental properties in Thanet can be tricky, so the best solution was to buy a house that suited their needs where they could live for as long as they wanted. We were fortunate to find the ideal property in Ramsgate, not far from where they were living. It even has a small garden they can enjoy during good weather. Our homes are even more important at the moment and we were delighted to be able to help Stephen and Nick find their perfect home.’
Despite the ongoing crisis, the purchase went ahead at the end of March. There was some work to do on the house before the tenants could move in, which was carried out with due care to social distancing.
East Kent Mencap has a number of properties for people with a learning disability with support ranging from 24 hours to a few hours a week, enabling tenants to live as independently as possible. It is undergoing a period of modernisation, upgrading its older properties and investing in new housing across East Kent.
Stephen and Nick have now moved in and are delighted with their new home saying, ‘it is much bigger than our flat and it will be lovely to sit in the garden with a beer!!’