We believe wheelchair users should be able to rent wheelchair accessible homes.
There is a shortage of accessible housing in the UK. Without a suitable home, wheelchair users and their families face emotional, financial and physical distress. This prevents them from leading independent lives.
All this could be avoided by having an accessible home.
To tackle this, we will launch the UK’s FIRST residential impact investment fund to provide wheelchair accessible homes for private rent.
Community Sponsors Homes is looking to raise a total of £150,000 from our Founder Partner programme, through trusts, foundation, social grants and major gifts from individuals and companies. This will contribute towards related research, design and development costs.
Donations and grants will enable us to launch the FIRST residential investment fund of its kind to buy and adapt accessible homes specifically for wheelchair users and their families to rent.
Our pioneering approach will create a sustainable, ongoing organisation which will continue to elevate lives now and for the future. And you could be a part of it.
“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
The Community Sponsors Homes Initiative is an initiative of Community Sponsors Charity (registered charity number 1117391).
By donating to this initiative, your money will be first used to fund the development of the initiative, including all related research, design and development costs and is then intended to be directly or indirectly invested in accessible property. However, please note that Community Sponsors Charity reserves the right to use any funds donated for its general charitable purpose.