Family Housing Association Wales (FHA Wales) has held its annual WISH review at their Hazel Court development in Sketty on Friday 16th June.
The WISH (Working for Independence in Supported Housing) project is part of FHA Wales and provides a range of supported accommodation for people experiencing ill mental health. The evaluation saw five separate schemes come together to showcase the work that tenants and staff had done throughout the year.
Key findings from the review show that 96% of WISH tenants were happy with FHA’s services compared to a national housing association average of 84%. Of the 126 WISH tenants in 2016/17 33% were moved in to fully independent accommodation and despite the many complex and enduring mental health needs of many of the tenants only 3(2.3%) required a long term admission to a psychiatric hospital.
In previous years the review has been in the form of a paper document and presentation, this year FHA Wales decided to stage an open event for the public, tenants, staff members, commissioners and stakeholders at Hazel Court as well as the official review documents.
Karen Dusgate, Chief Executive of FHA, said: “Our WISH evaluation was a fantastic exhibition that highlighted all of the amazing work of both tenants and staff within the WISH project. We felt it was important to open up this day to the public, to give our tenants and staff a platform to showcase all of their hard work and achievements from the past year and we were delighted that it was so well attended.”
Mark Hopkins, Supported Housing Services Manager at FHA, said: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our open day and it was a wonderful occasion for everyone involved. The findings from our review reflect all the hard work that is being done by our tenants and staff and makes for a positive outlook for 2017/18.”
FHA’s WISH project houses and supports up to ninety one people at any time across a range of temporary and long-term accommodation. They have accommodation across Swansea in areas such as Morriston, Uplands and Gorseinon as well as having properties in Neath Port Talbot.
Mark continued: “The end goal with all of our tenants is for them to achieve a level of independence. This varies for different tenants with some living completely independent lives, in their own homes within a few years, to providing homes for life for others, depending on their situations and needs.”
For more information about FHA Wales please visit www.fha-wales.com or call 01792 460192