Project information

Aspire Housing programme

Paralysed people are often discharged from hospital into inaccessible homes. Aspire have accessible houses for people to move into whilst they are getting a permanent place sorted. Each house costs us £25,000 to adapt and we are looking to adapt 80 in the next 5 years, meaning we need £2 million.

5 years

Charity information: Aspire

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  • Need

    Need

    After spending six months in a specialist hospital people who are spinally injured are rarely able to move home. This is because as wheelchair users their homes are no longer accessible. It takes around 6 months to a year to get their own place adapted.

    During this period people are often moved into old people's homes, kept in hospital or moved back home where they have to live in the sitting room and kitchen because they can't get to their bedroom or bathroom.

    Solution

    We have 20 specially adapted properties around the UK and need an additional 80 to meet the demand. All the properties have at least tow bedrooms so that a loved one or carer can live there too. We do not own the properties but have long term lease-hold arrangements with housing associations.

    We spend £25,000 per property adapting them to ensure they are accessible for spinally injured people. The individual stays in the Aspire house until they find a permanent and suitable place to live.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Providing accessible houses for people paralysed by spinal cord injuries.

    Activities

    » Find 80 houses and fund the adaptations within. At a cost of approximately £2million.

    Success will be...having a full complement of 100 accessible houses in the UK.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Spinally injured people will no longer be discharged into inaccessible properties.

    Monitoring hospitals' discharge data will allow us to see if we have been successful.

    Risk

    The housing association could terminate our lease agreement.

    We have contracts in place to ensure we have each property for at least 5 years. This makes the project sustainable.

    Reporting

    Every six months they will receive a report on the property they have funded. This will include information on the tenant (with details changed) and the impact on the relevant NHS facilities and local society.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £250,000 House adaptations Adaptations for 10 houses in a specific region
      £250,000 House adaptations Adaptations for 10 houses in a specific region
      £250,000 House adaptations Adaptations for 10 houses in a specific region
      £250,000 House adaptations Adaptations for 10 houses in a specific region
      £250,000 House adaptations Adaptations for 10 houses in a specific region
      £250,000 House adaptations Adaptations for 10 houses in a specific region
      £250,000 House adaptations Adaptations for 10 houses in a specific region
      £250,000 House adaptations Adaptations for 10 houses in a specific region
  • Background

    Location

    There are 8 regions around the UK.

    Beneficiaries

    The whole country, as anyone can be injured by a spinal cord injury at any time.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity offering this service and have been doing so for over ten years. We have excellent relationships with the NHS staff in the specialist spinal cord injury hospitals and they see Aspire Housing as a vital service to aid discharge.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Belinda Milrod

    Belinda is the Housing Manager with well over 20 years experience of working in social housing.