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Aspire and Places for People launch a new accessible temporary home for people with Spinal Cord Injury in Newcastle

Press Release   •   Jul 31, 2013 15:07 BST

Aspire, a leading charity supporting people paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, will be launching the first Aspire house in Newcastle in partnership with Places for People, one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, on Friday 2nd August 2013 at 10.45am.

Aspire houses provide temporary accessible homes for people with spinal cord injuries while a more permanent solution is being arranged. The launch, which will be attended by local MP Catherine McKinnell, will involve a tour of the house and the opportunity to meet with the first resident.

Every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Due to the general lack of accessible housing in the UK, many spinal injured people face the prospect of delayed discharge, being discharged into nursing homes or having to live in unsuitable housing. Unsuitable housing can mean anything from returning to a house where they will have to wash in the kitchen because the bathroom is inaccessible, to only being able to leave the property when friends or family are around to carry them out to the pavement outside.

Alex Rankin, Director of Services for Aspire, said,

“Spinal Cord Injury can happen to anyone at any time and, due to a lack of accessible housing, 20% of spinal injured people are forced to move to a care home for the elderly after leaving hospital, regardless of their age. Aspire, with the assistance of housing associations around the country, helps to eradicate barriers to living an independent life by providing a temporary home with fully accessible features. This allows individuals to regain their confidence and get on with their lives whilst permanent accessible housing is arranged. Aspire currently has 32 accessible properties around the UK and as part of an expansion in our Housing programme we are excited to be opening our first house in the North East of England.”

John Bargh, Regional Manager for Places for People in South Yorkshire and Midlands, said,

“Extending our range of housing solutions across the country to include the support and services which Aspire deliver was a fantastic opportunity and one we are proud and privileged to have taken up. Our business aims and objectives are closely matched and we are looking forward to working in partnership with Aspire to provide further accommodation across the country for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury.”

The property is the first to be launched as a result of a collaborative effort between Places for People and Aspire to develop an agreement and format which aims to deliver a portfolio of homes across the country over the next few years. The hard work and commitment that has gone into delivering this working agreement will ensure the long term security and provision for customers into the future.

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle on Tyne North, said,

"I'm delighted that Aspire and Places for People have been able to offer a temporary home to a Newcastle resident who, as a result of his life changing injury, might not otherwise have had anywhere suitable to live while he awaits a more permanent accessible house. I am sure that the house will make an enormous difference to the lives of many people with spinal cord injuries at a very difficult time in their lives."

For further information, or to attend the launch, please contact Amy Wackett, Communications Manager at Aspire, on 020 8420 8957 or email amy.wackett@aspire.org.uk

Aspire is a leading national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injuries.  For more information, visit www.aspire.org.uk. Aspire is Registered Charity Number 1075317

Places for People is one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK. The organisation owns or manages over 143,000 homes and has assets of more than £3.1 billion. For more information, visit http://www.placesforpeople.co.uk/

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