Jonathan and Nichola

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  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…

Checka

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Francesca (or Checka as she likes to be known) had been out of school for a while when she was offered a place with the ‘for young people’ organisation, which helps young people who are out of employment or education with CVs and other support. “I’d dropped out of my GCSEs and I had no idea what I wanted to…

Joel

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Joel (or ‘Mr Fabulous’ as he likes to be known!) has lived in one of our supported living homes since March 2016. Joel is a member of our Involved Partnership Group, which gives feedback on our independent living services. The group usually meets four times a year and discuss a range of issues that affect them and their homes, including…

Jane

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Jane has been one of our Biggleswade residents for the last three years and a member of our Residents’ Voice customer engagement panel since April 2018. A retired dental hygienist, 71 year old Jane comes from a family who like to help others. When her children were younger, their teacher knew a farmer who had a badger’s sett on his…

Jeannie

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Jeannie, 75, lives a contented life in her one-bedroomed bungalow in Bedfordshire with her cats. She volunteers as a befriender/counsellor for Silver Line (a national helpline for older people) and works in the RSPCA shop in Ampthill. She is a trained hedgehog rehabilitator and she sings in a choir. Jeannie describes this as a ‘normal’ life, one that she credits…

Jordan and Amber

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Jordan and Amber Tyler were living in military quarters in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, but were looking for a home of their own. With just Jordan’s wage coming in and Amber being a full-time mum to their two-year-old son Caden, the couple were priced out of the normal housing market so were looking at shared ownership as an option. Amber, 27, says:…

Brian Brandon

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Brian Brandon, 89, used to live in a first floor flat in Clifton and would have to leave his walking frame at the bottom of the stairs which was far from ideal for Brian, as well as being a health and safety issue for other residents living in the block. Housing Officer Rachel visited Brian and assessed the flat as…

Charlotte

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Charlotte Nelson, 26, lives in a two-bedroomed shared ownership house in the village of Elstow, Bedfordshire, which she purchased through Grand Union Homes. Charlotte had been looking for a place of her own to get herself on the housing ladder; somewhere with a good location, not too far from her job in Bedford, but that still had a rural feel.…