“I didn’t realise how much I had”.
Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA) tenant Patrick has lived in the same house for 55 years. Now 65, he was finding it difficult to manage and the condition of the property and garden had started to deteriorate. MHA Neighbourhood Officer Holly noticing that Patrick needed some extra support and referred him on to MHA’s Tenancy Coaching team, who provide support and advice to help tenants manage MHA’s tenancy as independently as possible.
Tenancy Coach Nadine started working with Patrick six weeks ago. She explained: “Patrick has some difficulties which have made it hard for him to manage with certain things. He had trouble with knowing what went where and how he could throw away some of the items he had”.
“I had a lot of stuff!” said Patrick. “We threw away 60 bags. Nadine and Chanelle helped me take a lot of it to the tip and to clean the areas I struggled to get to.”
Because of the amount of hard work and progress made by Patrick in just a few weeks, Nadine and fellow tenancy coach Chanelle decided to help Patrick some more and assembled volunteers to redecorate the kitchen and living room and tidy up the overgrown garden into somewhere Patrick could enjoy again.
Nadine and Chanelle roped in the expertise of Dads Can the Big Lottery funded project that supports fathers and father figures across Monmouthshire and Newport through training, development opportunities and day to day support. Dads Can Development Worker Shane and volunteer dads Adam and Ben joined Nadine and Chanelle to repaint the kitchen and lounge; providing great experience for Ben who is looking to start up his own painting and decorating business. In addition volunteers from the Probation Service have cut back and transformed the garden, which will be looked after by one of Patrick’s neighbours now that he is unable to manage its upkeep.
Patrick said: “It gave me an incentive and I tried to do as much as I could so they had less to do. I kept thinking of doing it but was never able to. It’s nice to get it done and I’ll be glad when it’s finished”.
“We are very grateful to Dads Can and all our volunteers for helping and this is the result of all the good work by Patrick” said Nadine. “It is nice to give something back for hard work and shows that it does pay off”.