04 June 2015
The first residents are preparing to move into a new supported housing scheme in Lincoln developed by learning disability charity Linkage Community Trust, in partnership with Waterloo.
The keys to the latest homes we've developed with Linkage, which is the fourth scheme by the partnership in recent years, were received by Lincoln-born Philip Williams at a handover celebration. Philip currently lives in Linkage accommodation elsewhere in Lincolnshire and works for the charity as artist in residence.
The old Sampson House building on Skellingthorpe Road, a former children’s home that was then used for accommodation by Linkage, was demolished last year to make way for 20 new homes.
The £2.44 million development has resulted in 12 one-bed modern apartments for Linkage residents to live more independently with support. A further eight houses have been built for shared ownership with Waterloo Homes, enabling local people to get a step on the housing ladder in a popular area of the city.
Deputy care manager Sue Taylor used to work at the old Sampson House. Visiting the new building, she said: "It's a wonderful and airy here. I can't believe how different it is - Waterloo have done a great job. It's a brilliant opportunity for our young people to move forward in the community and gain independence."
The Sampson Close development has received funding of £100,000 from the City of Lincoln Council, together with investment support of £584,000 from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency. It has been built for us by local construction company, Lindum.
Anthony Riley, Waterloo's group director if development and operations, said: "It is very rewarding to be have worked with the City of Lincoln Council, Linkage and Lindum to revitalise this site with affordable housing. This and other housing developments we have done with Linkage have attracted a combined total of £2.5 million of central government funding into Lincolnshire. Significantly, the resulting new purpose-built homes make a huge difference to the lives of their residents."
You can see more photos of the development on Flickr.