Scottish housing charity to host Elgin drop-in

Chris and Julie Fisher, who with the help and support of Housing Options Scotland, were able to move from an inaccessible home that they owned to an accessible home using the Scottish governments LIFT scheme.

As part of its third and biggest country wide tour, Housing Options Scotland will be holding a free drop in event in Elgin on the 26th July between 10am and 3pm.

The Scottish charity will be present at The Mansefield Hotel to give housing information, advice and support to disabled people, older people, disabled veterans and those who support them. Joining them at this event will be a number local and national organisations, who also work with these groups.

Moira Bayne, CEO of Housing Options Scotland said, “We are delighted to be coming to Elgin as part of our tour. Older people, disabled people/families, disabled veterans and their carers, will have the opportunity to learn about the housing options open to them. They will be able to speak face-to-face about their situation with trained professionals and engage with our trained peer support volunteers who have themselves been through the journey of trying to find the right house in the right place.”

The support offered by Housing Options Scotland is essential and relays the Scottish Government’s vision for 2020 to ‘provide an affordable home for all, … , including housing to meet the needs of disabled people’.

Housing Options Scotland has helped thousands of people since its creation in 1997. Amongst these was Margaret Follon, who contacted the organisation in 2011 seeking help with her housing situation as she was stuck in hospital after needing major surgery on her spine.  Margaret remembers: “After 9 months in hospital I was facing the prospect of being discharged to my third storey tenement flat with no prospect of returning to work. HOS helped me find the accessible bungalow I now live in which enabled me to return to work for 4 years and enjoy my retirement living a fully independent life.” Today as Chair of the organisation, she wants to help others by sharing her experience and showing them that accessible housing is available to anyone.

To book yourself a free place at this event and to find out more, follow this link https://bit.ly/2rRpfZi  For more information about Housing Options Scotland, you can visit their website www.housingoptionsscotland.org.uk  or speak to a member of staff on 01312471400.