Molly’s Project: What makes a ‘Molly Home’?

Molly’s Project: What makes a ‘Molly Home’?

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Molly, the daughter of a close family friend to the Middleton family, was diagnosed with learning disabilities and autism during her formative years. Despite the dedication of her mother, Claire, Molly faced numerous challenges, particularly in finding suitable accommodation that could cater to unique needs, once she reached adulthood.

Failed transitions from residential collages to support living arrangements only exacerbated the situation. The shortage of appropriate housing options led to a decline in Molly’s health and well-being, ultimately resulting in her involuntary detention under the Mental Health Act.

Determined to assist in rewriting Molly’s narrative, the Middleton Foundation stepped in and acquired a home in Carlisle. This provided a home for Molly, plus two others, where they could receive the support, they needed. For Molly and Claire, it marked a newfound sense of security and stability, after years of uncertainty and difficulties.

However, this also had the effect of shining a light on the pressing need for housing solutions for individuals with learning difficulties and/or autism. The Middleton Foundation made it their mission to help those with autism and/or learning disabilities find a long-term forever home- a Molly home.

But what exactly makes a ‘Molly Home’?

Firstly, a ‘Molly home’ represents a permanent residence, where tenants and their families can be assured that it will be a lasting home for them. The Foundation plan to keep all homes for as long as the residents need them.

Residents are actively involved in decisions regarding their living space, ensuring that it truly reflects their individual preferences and needs. Moreover, through formal agreements with registered housing associations and care providers, every aspect of these residences is meticulously managed, from maintenance and safety protocols to rendtaffordability and stake holder fairness.

Molly’s project is a collaborative endeavour, requiring the collective support of housing associations, local authorities, social services, the community at large. Together, we can bridge the gap between housing shortages and growing demand for inclusive accommodation options.

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