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Highbury Grove and Arlington opened their doors to leading Labour MPs
Jeremy Corbyn MP and Leader of the Labour Party visited Highbury Grove mental health crisis centre, which he represents as the local MP; while John Healey MP visited Arlington House as part of his role as Shadow Secretary of State for Housing.
Staff and residents found these to be inspiring and informative events. They were also a great opportunity for One Housing to try to influence the political debate around adult social care and other issues related to supported housing.
Jeremy Corbyn MP was welcomed to Highbury Grove by Richard Hill, Kelly McMinn, Martin D'Mello and Michelle Crouch who introduced the scheme and the work it does. Jeremy was shown an artwork produced by a customer.
Highbury Grove has supported adults with complex mental health needs in a time of crisis for 21 years. The scheme works with customers with complex needs including personality disorder, substance misuse and self-harm. The service tries to prevent an acute hospital admission, or facilitate an earlier discharge from inpatient facilities.
The crisis house is open 24 hours a day and provides short-stay residential accommodation and support for up to two weeks for 12 adults. During the stay, the scheme provides one-to-one key working tailored to the customer’s needs and daily therapeutic group work sessions. The crisis night centre is also open every evening from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, every day of the year.
John Healey MP was able to speak to two residents in their rooms at Arlington, and then visited the art room and the Museum of Happiness. He spoke to a number of staff during the visit including Richard Hill, Martin D'Mello, David Leeves, Roger Defoe, Marc Molloy, Samantha Latouche and Aisha Vance. John was positive about the facilities and activities, offering an enthusiastic view of Arlington’s social value.
Arlington helps support homeless people to find a way to independence. The scheme is on the frontline of the housing crisis, helping people who face significant challenges in getting and maintaining a home.
Services offered by Arlington include crisis beds for young homeless people and counselling through to employment and training.