A tenant in Inner West Gateshead has been able to maintain her independence thanks to The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council.
Mrs Pauline Noble, of Dunston, has mobility difficulties and uses a scooter to get out and about.
She recently moved from sheltered housing to a bungalow managed by the housing company. While her new home provided Mrs Noble with improved living space, it did not have the access or the space to store her mobility scooter.
The Gateshead Housing Company’s Sustainable Communities Fund helped to pay for alterations to the existing bin storage area and Mrs Noble now has a secure place to store her scooter.
The fund is a joint venture between the housing company and Gateshead Council and aims to improve the sustainability of the estates and neighbourhoods we manage and increase a sense of community in our residents.
Mrs Noble said: “I am really pleased the housing company has helped me with this storage space. It means I have been able to keep my scooter and I can still do my shopping and visit my friends.”
The Sustainable Communities Fund is a recent initiative to improve pride in neighbourhoods, tackle environmental crime and antisocial behaviour, and improve access to services and facilities for all residents.
With the fund, the housing company aims to strengthen residents’ involvement in the community and encourage customer input.
Photo: Tenant Pauline Noble with Estate Officer Trish Slater at Mrs Noble’s adapted bungalow in Dunston.