The future of supported housing? It’s déjà vu all over again

There is a saying that you if you stay working at one place for long enough then sooner or later all the old systems that were swept away for being old-fashioned and inefficient will eventually be reintroduced as cutting-edge and ‘the way of the future’. Well I’ve been working in supported housing for twenty-five years…



We need to talk about… Mental health

Today (October 10th) is World Mental Health Day. It also marks the launch of a national and international YMCA campaign to help end the stigma around young people’s mental health – #IAMWHOLE. #IAMWHOLE 2017 is being fronted by rock band, Nothing But Thieves – who have recorded an exclusive version of the title track from…



We need to talk about… Housing benefit stigma

Do you rent your home from a private landlord? Plenty of people do: 4.5m households, in fact. Indeed between 2002 and 2016, the private rented sector doubled in size – from 10% of households, to 20%[i]. In contrast, the social rented sector has nearly halved over the same period , from 31% in 2002, to…