We believe wheelchair users should be able to rent wheelchair accessible homes.
There are 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK today (NHS), but also a shortage of accessible homes for private rent. Without a suitable home, wheelchair users and their families face emotional, financial and physical distress. This prevents them from leading independent lives.
To tackle this, we will launch the UK’s FIRST investment vehicle dedicated to providing wheelchair accessible homes for private rent.
By increasing the availability of accessible homes for rent, we will vastly improve life outcomes for wheelchair users and their families.
Our immediate focus is to establish an investment vehicle to purchase wheelchair accessible properties for private rent, close to good transport links in London.
Our vision is to solve other inequalities in the housing market by connecting capital with socially beneficial investment opportunities.
“When living in unsuitable housing people become depressed, quality of life is significantly reduced, physical health is put at risk, relationships with friends and family break down, and thoughts of suicide are fostered.”
Aspire, spinal cord injury charity
“Having the right home has a massive impact on your life and it can’t be underestimated. It can be the difference between living in hell or being happy.”
Carl, adapted home tenant
Eleanor Bowden and David Toplas joined forces through a shared vision to improve the lives of people currently unserved by the housing market in the UK.
In Community Sponsors Homes they both aim to increase the availability of long-term accessible homes for wheelchair users and their families.
Eleanor, with her background in responsible business and social impact start-ups, has driven her passion for equal access to suitable housing for all into setting up and developing Community Sponsors Homes.
David has worked for over 20 years in social infrastructure ventures. He founded Mill Group and facilitated over £250 million investment into building and maintaining schools, libraries and hospitals. David also founded Community Sponsors Charity, which successfully channelled £500,000 of private funding into UK and overseas community projects.
Community Sponsors Homes is part of the wider Bank of Mum and Dad for all initiative which aims to allow people to get a step up onto the property ladder, starting with those with greatest need: wheelchair users.
“I want to make a positive difference to the lives of wheelchair users and their families. To provide a safe and secure environment that they can comfortably live in and call ‘home’. By providing this much needed service we’ll help wheelchair users have a home, have better financial and emotional stability, and have better lives. I do this because I’m passionate about including those that are locked out of housing, either physically or financially. That’s why I work to find ethical business solutions to fix the problems in today’s housing market.“
Eleanor Bowden, CEO
Community Sponsors Homes (CSH) is an initiative of Community Sponsors Charity (CSC), established in 2006 as the charitable arm of Mill Group. CSC is a registered charity (no. 117391) set up to make lasting change and create social impact ventures that are self-sustaining and innovative.