On Friday 2nd August we launched the first Aspire house in the North East of England, which was also the first house to be launched in partnership with housing association, Places for People.
The launch event was held at the property in Newcastle where the first resident, Paul, has been settling in well. In attendance was Catherine McKinnell MP, who commented that she is delighted to have the first Aspire house in the North East in her constituency and that she is “overwhelmed” by the work of Aspire Housing and proud that we are now working in her area.
Catherine is pictured with Paul, the tenant, who said,
"The house is spot on, I'm very happy with it. I moved here straight from hospital as I'm waiting for a more permanent accessible house. I'm not sure where I'd be otherwise."
Guests at the launch, including representatives from Places for People, John Bargh and Jonquil Hood, as well as a local Aspire Champion, David Kerry, were given a tour of the property followed by speeches from Aspire CEO, Brian Carlin, and Catherine McKinnell.
Brian Carlin said,
“I’m delighted that the Aspire Housing programme is now rapidly expanding in all parts of the country. This is the first Aspire house in the North East but there are more to follow. It is great to see people from such a variety of sectors at the launch – housing associations, charity, suppliers, the NHS, lawyers and an Aspire Champion all coming together to help spinal cord injured people.”
We hope that Paul enjoys a comfortable tenancy in the property and that it helps him on his way to a fulfilled and independent life, and we look forward to offering practical support to more people in the North East as further properties are launched.