For our service users, happiness is their own home – and recently that dream came true; having a place to call home, when a resident moved into a brand-new self-contained modular home with a unique background.
With support from Balfour Beatty, who designed and constructed the pad foundations for the accommodation, arranged the closing of traffic in the area – as well as taking charge of the installation – we were able to turn an old shipping container into a modular home for one of our residents.
Dominic Lawrence, speaking on behalf of Balfour Beatty, said: – “At Balfour Beatty Living Places Southampton, delivering social value to the local community is an integral part of how we operate. We are thrilled to have been able to support this project, providing an individual with their very own space, which is a major milestone in life.
“We are so pleased to see the positive impact this has had on Marc, and we wish him all the best in the future.”
The property comes packed with all you would expect and is fully furnished with a cooker, bed and all you could possibly need in one unit. Marc has been part of our services for a number of years and was excited to move into the property in Northam recently.
When asked how he feels about his new home, Marc replied; “I’m ecstatic – I wake up every day with a cheesy smile on my face, it has made me realise how depressed I was before when I was living in hostels.”
Moving into his own home has been life-changing for Marc, and he commented; “I love living independently- it’s all I ever wanted, it contains everything I need for independent living. It’s mine, it’s individual, and I love it. Everything is positive about it”
There is no better feeling for residents when they move into their own home. The feelings turn into stability in their lives which lead to them progressing towards positive outcomes and a future they can enjoy. There is no better way to celebrate International Day of Happiness (March) than to share the story of Marc and his new modular home.
This is a first for Southampton and Society of St James have worked closely with Southampton City Council to provide this unit of accommodation for a resident as part of the Rough Sleeper Initiative.
Thank you to all who were involved in making this possible.