Working to help tenants enjoy healthier lives

We’re supporting a major mental wellbeing event today to show that housing and health are strongly linked.

Housing staff will be at Plymouth University for the launch of Year 4 of Thrive, a ten-year programme to improve health and wellbeing in the city.

Our stall at today’s launch will be about how poverty, housing and health are all interlinked.

Adam Stockman, Senior Housing Officer, said: “At PCH, we believe a person’s access to good quality housing has a direct impact on their physical and mental health, their social connections and access to services and opportunities.

“Everything about Plymouth Community Homes is catered towards supporting our residents to be happy and healthy in the places that they live.

“This could be through our regeneration projects like North Prospect, our Decent Homes and external wall insulation work or the support we give to people in financial hardship or those experiencing anti-social behaviour.

“Our help also extends to providing award-winning training courses for residents and opening up our Plumer House gym to residents so they can keep fit.”

The Thrive work we’re doing ties in with a new project we’ll soon be launching with Livewell Southwest and Plymouth City Council called New Home, New You.

This study offers new customers who are moving into a PCH home an opportunity to be supported in making healthier choices to improve their wellbeing.

For those interested in taking part, we’ll be completing the national One You quiz with them, identifying life goals and pointing them to services – for example stop smoking groups.

We’ll then revisit them to review how things are going during their first year in their new home.