Linda

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Linda, 57, lives in Northamptonshire and has been a Grand Union customer for over 20 years. When a contractor came to her property in December 2019 to carry out some electrical work, Linda’s home was so cluttered, the contractor left without being able to do the work. Linda was referred to our Wellbeing & Support team, but then the pandemic…

The Ball family

Annie Slinn

Kaysey and Andrew, from Biggleswade, are full-time carers to their profoundly disabled daughters, Liyla, 10, and five-year-old Delcie. Their rented Grand Union home, where they also live with son Freddie, 11, and two dogs, is no longer fit for purpose, despite providing them happy memories for the past nine years. Liyla and Delcie are reliant on hoists, electric beds, a…

David

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David, 69, was delighted to be given a home of his own in one of our supported schemes in St Albans, that was refurbished last year. He now has his own front door as well as a spacious bedroom, a modern open plan living room and kitchen and an accessible wet room. When David first moved to Upper Lattimore Road…

The Rogers family

Annie Slinn

For years, devoted mum Emma had struggled helping her daughter Courtney, 10, with daily routines at their home in Deanshanger, Northamptonshire. Courtney was born with Bardet Biedl Syndrome – a genetic condition resulting in reduced mobility, obesity and learning difficulties. Due to her disability, Courtney needed her mum’s assistance to wash, go to the toilet and get down the stairs.…

Helen

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Twelve months ago, 61-year-old Helen was sleeping on a corner of a sofa in a home that wasn’t fit to live in, due to a family member’s issues with their mental health and hoarding. Now Helen has a place of her own, one where she’s not embarrassed to have family round. Helen says: “I’d been in my last house about…

Kara

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Kara and her son moved to their Grand Union home from a women’s refuge three years ago. Having been through some tough times, they were excited to finally have a place of their own. “At first I was happy, but then I went downhill. I was on Employment Support Allowance, then it was taken away from me. “The bills were…

Sian

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Sian and her son Jacob live in a two bedroomed Grand Union home, in the pretty Bedfordshire village of Oakley, but 12 months ago it was a different story. Sian is a qualified midwife and is currently training to become a health visitor. Because she is studying, and not earning, Sian knew that renting a home privately would be out…

Jonathan and Nichola

Annie Slinn

  Jonathan and Nichola Houghton had been renting for many years, trying their best to save to buy a house of their own. Through Grand Union’s shared ownership scheme, they were able to do just that – ensuring the couple and their two children, Isla, eight, and Harry, four, and beloved dog Bruno, have the space they need to enjoy…

Harry

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Harry, 21, moved into one of our supported living schemes in Downhead Park, Milton Keynes, in September last year, having previously lived with his parents. He’s one of 11 young men who live in this particular scheme that Grand Union have been managing since July 2019. Harry loves having his own place, he said: “My home is very important to…

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